Proponents of multicultural education argue that it offers students a balanced appreciation and critique of other cultures as well as our own.
(Stotsky 19) While it is common sense that one could not have a true understanding of a subject by only possessing knowledge of one side of it, this brings up the fact that there would never be enough time in our current school year to equally cover the contributions of each individual nationality. The first would be to lengthen the school year, which is highly unlikely because of the political aspects of the situation.
Multiculturalism in Canada Canada has long been called “The Mosaic”, due to the fact that it is made up of a varied mix of races, cultures and ethnicities.
As more and more immigrants come to Canada searching for a better life, the population naturally becomes more diverse.
(Pyszkowski 1994: 154)In order to give a well rounded multicultural discussion, as James Banks explains, teachers need to let students know how knowledge reflects the social, political and economic context in which it was created.
Knowledge explained by powerful groups in society differs greatly from that of its less powerful counterparts.There are many variations on these themes as will be discussed in this paper.In the 1930’s several educators called for programs of cultural diversity that encouraged ethnic and minority students to study their respective heritages.The other choice is to modify the curriculum to only include what the instructor (the school) feels are the most important contributions, which again leaves them open for criticism from groups that feel they are not being equally treated.A national standard is out of the question because of the fact that different parts of the country contain certain concentrations of nationalities.The hard truth is that it is impossible for our public school system to fairly cater to hundreds of nationalities that already exist, let alone the hundreds more that are projected to arrive during the next century.In order for us to live together in the same society, we must sometimes be willing to overlook parts of our distant past in exchange for a new hope in the future.This has, in turn, spun a great debate over multiculturalism.Some of the issues under fire are the political state’s policies concerning multiculturalism, the attitudes of Canadians around these policies, immigration, the global market, and a central point is the education and how to present the material in a way so as to offend the least amount of people.However, when you go beyond that and try to suggest a different way of arriving at theat culturally integrated society, everyone seems to have a different opinion on what will work.Since education is at the root of the problem, it might be appropriate to use an example in that context.