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Freedom's Plow: Teaching in the Multicultural Classroom


reviewed by Alice Seletsky 1994

coverTitle: Freedom's Plow: Teaching in the Multicultural Classroom
Author(s): Theresa Perry, James W. Fraser
Publisher: Routledge/Falmer, New York
ISBN: 0415907004, Pages: 309, Year: 1993
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Even to an old, experienced, integrationist, open-classroom teacher like me, multicultural education presents problems. Should I continue teaching the Odyssey to my fifth- and sixth-graders? Omeros is too hard; is there another, legitimate substitute? Should I scratch Laura Ingalls Wilder and replace her stories with ones by Mildred Taylor and Sandra Cisneros? What am I to do about the racial/ethnic self-segregation I observe in the classroom, lunch-room, and schoolyard? Should I impose some version of Vivian Paley's "you-can't-say-you-can't-play" rule? Can I ever again say anything positive about Columbus? The large issues raised by multiculturalism are as divisive and potentially polarizing as any we have encountered in the long history of ideas in American education. Where some see the opportunity to dismantle the cultural and political hegemony that has prevailed for so long, others find a serious threat to the democratic ideal of a shared culture that transcends differences and values all individuals equally. There is concern about the canon: Which ideas will predominate? What will our schools teach? Who... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 95 Number 4, 1994, p. 588-690
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 131, Date Accessed: 10/23/2017 11:27:17 AM

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