Furthermore, multicultural education should include preparation for an active, participatory citizenship.
Multicultural education is a way to promote the civic good.
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Multicultural education is a set of educational strategies developed to assist teachers when responding to the many issues created by the rapidly changing demographics of their students.
Brief sensitivity training, separate units on ethnic celebrations, and closer attention paid to instances of prejudice, are examples of minimal approaches, which are less likely to reap long term benefits for students.
Multicultural education should span beyond autonomy, by exposing students to global uniqueness, fostering deepened understanding, and providing access to varied practices, ideas, and ways of life; it is a process of societal transformation and reconstruction.The aims and objectives of multicultural education tend to vary among educational philosophers and liberal political theorists.Educational philosophers argue for preservation of the minority group culture, by fostering children's development of autonomy and introducing them to new and different ideas.428) Multicultural education should reflect the student body, as well as promote understanding of diversity to the dominant culture and be inclusive, visible, celebrated and tangible.Multicultural education is appropriate for everyone. According to Banks (2013), "a major goal of multicultural education is to change teaching and learning approaches so that students of both genders and from diverse cultural, ethnic, and language groups will have equal opportunities to learn in educational institutions" (p. Citizens need multicultural education in order to enter into the dialogue with fellow citizens and future citizens.Unity without diversity results in cultural repression and hegemony.Diversity without unity leads to Balkanization and the fracturing of the nation-state."Creating inclusive campus environments is challenging, but there is also great personal reward to be gained from helping create a campus 'laboratory for learning how to live and interrelate within a complex world' and to prepare students to make significant contributions to that world." Advocates of democracy in schooling, led by John Dewey (1859–1952), argued that public education was needed to educate all children.Universal voting, along with universal education would make our society more democratic.This position is well developed by political philosopher Benjamin R.Barber in Strong Democracy: Participatory Politics for a New Age, first published in 1984 and published again in 2003.