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About OhioWva schools none Since early American history schools like society have addressed cultural diversity in different ways In the colonial days some attempts to adjust to cultural differences were made in the New York colony but the dominant American culture was the norm in the general public as well as most of the schools As America approached the nineteenth century the need for a common culture was the basis for the educational forum Formal public school instruction in cultural diversity was rare and appreciation or celebration of minority or ethnic culture essentially was nonexistent in most schools In the 1930s the educators were in the progressive education movement called for programs of cultural diversity that encouraged ethnic and minority students to study their heritages This movement became popular in many schools until around 1950 Now these days in education the term multicultural education never escapes a teachers thoughts Ryan 26 What does the term multicultural education mean to you I means different things to different people For instance to some minority communities it means to foster pride and self- esteem among minority students like the progressive movement in the 1930s Another example would be in the white communitites that multicultural programs are designed to cultivate an appreciation of various cultural racial and ethnic traditions Cortes defines multicultural education by the process by which schools help prepare young people to live with greater understanding cooperation effectiveness and dedication to equality in a multicultural nation and inerdependent world Cortes 16 When I observed at Madison Elementary in December I expected the school would be multicultural in the sense of ethnic or racial backgrounds Instead I was very surprised to discover that the school was predominately white students with only a handful of African American students in each classroom I did find out that the Wheeling Island area was in very low status pertaining to income Not only did over
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