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In, 'Multiculturalism and the Common Center,' Diane Ravitch compares the
plualist views on what the curriculum in the schools should include. The
pluralist would like to include the history of all cultures while the
particularist want to have the different cultures taught only their own history. In order to
live in a multicultural world pluralism is neccessary because people are more tolerant of
each other if they understand where a person is coming from and what their background is.
Ignorance is the cause of many conflicts between people, and education can prevent this
ÃÂÃ ÃÂÃ ÃÂÃ ÃÂÃ ÃÂÃ ÃÂÃ ÃÂÃ ÃÂÃ Particularism stresses the importance of knowing one's roots and not bothering
with other people's history. This is a very narrow-minded way of thinking which
leads to stereotypes and judgements that people make. Particularism causes groups to be
formed which exclude those who are not of the same race. America is thought of as
Eurocentric and not as a mixture of all cultures.
Particularist believe that the schools are
only teaching European culture and forgetting about other cultures. Therefore supporters
of particularism are trying to use particularism to give children self-esteem. They believe
that if minorities can see that other minorities have done great things in the past they will be
inspired to achieve high goals. Black History Month was supposed to give African
American children self-esteem according to particularist, but they do not have Asian
History Month or Indian History Month. What is taught in school should apply to
everyone. Particularism is not the main component in giving a child self-esteem. An
inspiring teacher or role model--not necessarily of the same race--plays a major role in
developing a child's self-esteem. Michael Jordan is a positive role model for many children
of all races, not just African Americans.
ÃÂÃ ÃÂÃ ÃÂÃ ÃÂÃ ÃÂÃ ÃÂÃ ÃÂÃ ÃÂÃ Pluralism stresses one common culture brought...