Self-Esteem and Multiculturalism in the Public Schools

Self-Esteem and Multiculturalism in the Public Schools

Whatever the outcome of the continuing debate over the Western tradition on college campuses, multiculturalism appears to have won an impressive victory in the public schools around the country. The list of urban school
districts with programs in place or in the planning stage might surprise even its supporters, who once thought of themselves as beleaguered contenders: New York, Washington, Atlanta, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Los
Angeles, Detroit, Chicago, Rochester, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Camden, Newark, Portland. Florida, Texas, and states not especially well known for ethnic diversity, such as Minnesota, Michigan, Iowa, and Maine, have
joined ranks. The federal government has also lent its support to organizations that help develop multicultural curricula.

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