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"Yes, But...": Multiculturalism and the Reduction of Educational Inequality


reviewed by Susan F. Semel 1996

coverTitle: "Yes, But...": Multiculturalism and the Reduction of Educational Inequality
Author(s): James A. Banks, Cherry McGee Banks
Publisher: MacMillan Publishing, Indianapolis
ISBN: 0028957970, Pages: 886, Year: 1995
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After reading the exhaustive and compelling treatment of research on multicultural education in James Banks and Cherry McGee Banks’s Handbook of Research on Multicultural Education (hereafter referred to as the handbook), I pondered whether the policies and practices examined in the book would help to solve the problems of inequality, illustrated so poignantly by Jonathan Kozol in Savage Inequalities (1991). My answer is "yes, but . . . ." This essay, through a review of the handbook, argues that multicultural education is a necessary but insufficient solution for class, race, ethnic, and gender inequalities. Nevertheless, despite the limitations of school-based reforms such as multicultural education, the handbook poignantly demonstrates the vital need for multicultural approaches in our nation’s schools. Editor James Banks (hereafter referred to as Banks) and associate editor Cherry McGee Banks (hereafter referred to as McGee Banks) have assembled a "Who’s Who" in the field of multicultural education to write on the significant theoretical, empirical, and philosophical issues related to multi-cultural education. The handbook is organized in... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 98 Number 1, 1996, p. 153-177
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 9645, Date Accessed: 12/12/2017 1:09:19 AM

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