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Multicultural Issues. Spring 2013 Freddie Bowles, Professor Axa Garca Mont, assistant. Unity. Not uniformity. Todays Lesson. Goal: To establish background information about MCE; to learn about each others diversity and the diversity your students 1. Definitions 2. BINGO - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


  • Multicultural Issues

    Spring 2013Freddie Bowles, ProfessorAxa Garca Mont, assistant

  • Unity.

    Not uniformity.

  • Todays LessonGoal: To establish backgroundinformation about MCE; to learn abouteach others diversity and the diversityyour students

    1. Definitions 2. BINGO3. Small group discussion

  • Language Diversity in Arkansas

  • Language Diversity in Arkansas

  • Statistical Information40 % of P-12 population are students of colorBUT 84% of teachers are European Americans AND75% of those are female

    41% of all 4th graders have F & R lunches14% of all students are in special programs

  • How do you define values?Qualities that parents find desirable and important to the education of their children.

    Examples: prestige, status, pride, familyloyalty, love of country, morality,education, religious beliefs, honor

  • What is culture?Culturedefines who we areinfluences knowledge, beliefs, and valuesprovides a blueprint for behavior, feeling, and thinkingimposes order and meaning on who we areallows us to predict how others will behave in certain situations

  • Characteristics of culture

    Culture islearned behaviorshared behavioradapted behaviordynamic (changing) behaviorManifested invaluesnon-verbal patternslanguage

  • Our cultural lensesEthnocentrism: the only lens and the right one!

    Cultural relativism: the lens as a prism--seeing the world with many facets

    Multiple lenses: ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, class or SES, first language, geographic region, residence, abilities, exceptionalities

  • The majority cultureValues and practices reflected in mostInstitutions (political, business, educational, social)

    Privilege: unable to recognize inequality, racism, and powerlessness of anyone outside the dominant cultureResult: creates alienation in subgroups and subcultures

  • Some characteristics of majority culture influences

    Anglo-Saxon / Western European rootsLanguage (England)Legal system (England)Democratic ideals (France and England)Logic (Socrates)Individualism (Germany)Freedom (France)

  • Some values and ideologies of majority culture

    TimeMoneySuccess measured by accumulation of goodsControl of destiny and natureIndustriousness, ambition, competition, self-reliance, independence

  • How other cultures relate to majority cultureAcculturation: adoption of cultural patterns of dominant group by new or oppressed groupConsonant: Parents and children learn the language and culture in which they live at the same timeDissonant: Children learn language and culture/parents dontSelective: Children learn both and still retain elements of native culture

  • ContinuedAssimilation: cultural patterns become part of dominant culture or disappearStructural: primary group relationships are sharedCultural pluralism: two or more groups function separately and equallyEgalitarianism: social, political, and economic rights and privileges for all people

  • ContinuedEquality: concern for groups welfareInequality based on societal differencesMeritocracy: individual merit deserves greatest social and financial rewardInequality based on individuals differencesPrejudice: aversion to a group different from your ownDiscrimination: denial of privileges and rewards to members of oppressed groups both individual and institutionalStereotypes: generalizations about group without consideration of individual differences within that group

  • Homework

    ABC Who Are We? Poem

    Read Chapter 3

    Bring McMenu choices and dates to class on a notecard