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  • 1. Multicultural Education Lydia Hogue October 5, 2010

2. My two ism

  • Ethnocentrism
  • &
  • Afrocentrism

3. Ethnocentrism

  • The tendency to believe that ones ethnic or cultural group is centrally important and that all other groups are measured in relationship to ones own.
    • The ethnocentric individual will judge other groups relative to his or her own particular ethnic group or culture.
    • Especially with concerns to language, behavior, customs and religion.

4. Ethnocentrism

  • Can also be defined as making false assumptions about others ways based onour own experiences.

5. William J. Summer

  • The term ethnocentrism was coined by William J. Summer upon observing the tendency for people to differentiate between the in-group and others.
  • He described it as often leading to pride, vanity, beliefs of ones own groups superiority and contempt of outsiders.

6. Why is ethnocentrism bad?

  • It makes false assumptions about cultures differences
  • By evaluating them by what we are best at, we miss the many other aspects of life that they often handle more competently than we do

7. Ethnocentric Thinking

  • Hebrew as reading backward Just say Hebrew is read from right to left
  • British drivers drive on the wrong side of the road Just say opposite or left hand side
  • Students going on Mission trips are encouraged to say Oh, thats different

8. In My Class

  • I provide different Multicultural activities
  • Parents come in and talk about their culture
  • Lots of Multicultural books changed monthly
  • We bring special visitors in to talk, and cook food from different cultures
  • Each month we have a Multicultural book of the month

9. Multicultural Books 10. Afrocentrism

  • A world view which emphasizes the importance of African people, taken as a single group and often equated with Black people, in culture, philosophy and history.
  • Part of this reaction involved previewing history to document the contribution that Black people made to the world civilization.

11. Afrocentrism-A different world view

  • 18 th century European historian Mr. David Hume said I am apt to suspect the Negroesto be naturally inferior to the White. There never was a civilized nation of any other complexion than white
  • 20 thcentury scholar Mr. Arnold J Toynbee said When we classify mankind by color, the only one of the primary racewhich has not made a creative contribution to any of our twenty-one civilization is the black race


  • Afrocentrists argue that such ignorance and blatant racism were common among mainstream scholars, educators and historians well into the 20 thcentury
  • People need to teach world history with new eyes

13. Thomas Jennings Seed Planter-1791 14. Joseph Winter Fire Escape Ladder-1878 15. George Beckett Letter Box-1892 16. UlyssesS Walton Dentures-1943 17. Paul Williams Helicopter-1962 18. Dr.Anthony B Will Vehicle Steering System with electronic power regulation unit-2003 19. Janet Emerson Bashen Software Invention-2006 20. 21. 22. 23. African American Books 24. 25. 26. Come Join The Circle


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