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Multicultural Education

  • By: Tonika Duren Green & Colette L. Ingraham
  • In: Encyclopedia of School Psychology
  • Edited by: Steven W. Lee
  • Subject:School/Educational Psychology (general), School Psychology, Educational Psychology

Much has changed since multicultural education first became a “hot topic” for researchers, educators, and parents. What we know today about multicultural education is very different from what we knew in the past. The United States, as well as many other countries, has evolved into a country rich with diversity among its people, their cultures, and their backgrounds. Students in today's schools come from homes of different economic, linguistic, religious, and ethnic traditions. The National Center for Educational Statistics reported that in 2000 39% of the students in U.S. schools were considered part of a minority group, and in many parts of the country the percentages were much higher. Conditions of poverty, community violence and crime, societal and individual prejudice, and racism continue to create ...

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