Multicultural Education : A Truly Multicultural Mosaic

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Multicultural education incorporates the idea that all students- regardless of their gender, social class, and ethnic, racial, or cultural characteristics- should have an equal opportunity to learn in school, (Banks & Banks, 2010, p. 3.) For centuries our country, the United States of America, has been known as the “melting pot” in a sense that our world was moving towards multiculturalism. Some see the old metaphor, the “melting pot” fading away within the last decade and has grown into a new term(s) like the “salad bowl” and “mosaic”. These two terms can best be defined as mixtures of ingredients that each keeps their own individual characteristics (i.e. a salad bowl and a mosaic). Joyce Millet says it best, “Immigrant populations within the United States are not being blended together in one “pot”, but rather they are transforming American Society into a truly multicultural mosaic (Millet 2010.) Americans come from all over the world. If you were to type American Culture into a search browser on the Internet there would be a wide variety of searches that pop up including cultures like African, Native American, Asian, Polynesian, Latin American, and more. The United States is the third largest country in the world with a population of about 322 million. With that being said, the United States is one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world and nearly every region is influenced by American culture in some way. It is imperative that our youth is taught the
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