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The Effect of Multicultural Education on the Classroom Environment Today teachers are faced with a growing number of diverse students in the classroom each with their own ethnic and cultural background that influences the way each student learns By the year 2015 the Anglo population will be in the minority in this country Research statistics concur this fact therefore teacher candidate preparation must be aligned with this knowledge By definition multicultural education is education that values cultural pluralism It rejects the view that schools should seek to melt away cultural differences or the view that schools should merely tolerate cultural pluralism It affirms that cultural diversity is a valuable resource that should be preserved and extended It also should be established that people everywhere have the same needs although they may meet them in different ways An awareness of a variety of cultures in the classroom can help children appreciate similarities and differences among cultures Cultural experience can be enhanced through many different books Black Like Kyra White Like Me by Judith Vigna tells the story of a blacks family moving into an all white neighborhood and the racism they encounter The story is about a friendship between two girls of different races This is a good multicultural book because it shows that racism is an individual problem The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Cole is a true story based on experiences of six-year-old Ruby Bridges as she the first African American child to integrate Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans in 1960 The racial conflict in the story is obvious to the reader yet is a good educational book for young students to teach them how racism is hurtful and unnecessary White Socks Only by Evelyn Coleman is the retelling of a true story about Ms Colemans grandmother as a young girl growing up in segregated Mississippi This story is educational and shows how children who are racially aware are not fully
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