Multicultural Education

Multicultural education got it’ start around the same time that the Civil Rights Movement was going on. African American educators and other scholars worked with the Civil Rights Movement to help provide multicultural education. The African Americans used the work culture, so that white educators would listen to what they had to say. Multicultural education is not being taught to the students through struggles but rather by celebrating other cultures festivals and food. Some see this as racism in school’s education. In the late 60’s and early 70’s other movements start to connect to multicultural education. One of these was the woman, who want to gain strength and had something to do with Title IX, which allowed people of all genders to participate in school activities and programs no matter their gender.

As far back as the late 50’s bilingual education has become a great multicultural education tool. While this is offered in almost every school, it isn’t considered a multicultural education and it wasn’t until recently that colleges started to offer multicultural education classes like women’s studies and ethnic studies. In the 80’s, the talk on education was more about how the United States could stay ahead of other countries but in the National Commission of Excellence in Education’s report, A Nation at Risk, it stated that students that live in poverty, are of color, and whom don’t speak English as a first language are at risk of failure and were they lived were morally and culturally deprived.

In 1985, according to a demographic data report, it showed that people of color would become majority by the twenty first century and that was when multicultural education was brought back into the attention of educators. And then the workshops started up again and teachers were talking about supplementing lessons about other cultures. And of course this lead to some controversy on the correct information given to students, it was mostly on the political correctness of the roots of Western civilization.

Today, multicultural education is taught in schools around the United States. Classes like World Cultures have given students a look into what it is like in other countries. They learn there culture and struggles, this allows them to see how someone else lives. Multicultural education has come a long way since it’s beginning and in the future if will grow bigger. This is mainly because of the vast amount of cultures and races that we have living in the United States today.