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Deculturalization refers to the stripping away of a peoples culture and replacing it with a new culture Spring 1 Deculturalization is one of the most inhumane acts one can partake in A persons culture is hisher main defining feature Culture is the medium through which people communicate their beliefs values and morals Inserting ones own culture in place of someones pre-existing culture is the basis of ethnocentrism People have repeatedly become victims of deculturalization especially in the United States and by analyzing this ethnocentrism one learns the importance of sustaining different cultures in society There are many methods of deculturalization such as segregation isolation and forced change of language When the content of curriculum reflects culture of dominant group it is deculturalization Also dominated groups are not allowed to express their culture and religion which is deculturalization Use of teachers from the dominant group to teach those that are dominated is another form of deculturalization Spring 49The problem was the assumption that US institutions customs and beliefs were the best in the world and they should be imposed Spring 42 Throughout much of the past century the United States sought to stamp its cultural ideal upon almost all peoples who existed within its realm of influence It is only through the relatively modern ideology of multiculturalism and the celebration of diversity that the United States has begun to make amends for the injustices it has committed on other cultures Today with multiculturalism entering into the classrooms and other realms different cultures are finally getting the attention they deserve The American idea of cultural and racial superiority began in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries with the colonization of northeast America by predominantly Anglo Saxon colonists Ironically the colonists came to America to escape persecution for their religious beliefs The Anglo Saxon attitude of cultural superiority was a largely Protestant value that remained prevalent for much of the twentieth century Spring 2-4 The educational impact of
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