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History of Multicultural Education, Volume 2: Foundations and Stratifications


reviewed by Tara Beth Davidson December 01, 2009

coverTitle: History of Multicultural Education, Volume 2: Foundations and Stratifications
Author(s): Carl A. Grant and Thandeka K. Chapman
Publisher: Routledge, New York
ISBN: 080585441X, Pages: 386, Year: 2008
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Volume II discusses the “Foundations and Stratifications” in the history of multicultural education by addressing three main themes that span three decades: the first analyzes society and schools as targets of change; the second reviews scholars’ resistance to assimilation and to the melting pot thesis; and the final theme analyzes the debates between deficit and difference models for explaining student achievement.  In reviewing Volume II, it is essential to note the expansion of the discussion of multicultural education today, however, the original foundational goals of multicultural education have shown a U-shaped, rather than linear progression as traditional ideas are once more brought to the forefront.   The Brown decision in 1954, desegregation, the Civil Rights Movement, and the 1965 Elementary and Secondary Education Act, all highlighted the inequalities that existed between students, teachers, neighborhoods, schools, curricula, and how these related to society writ large.  As researchers sought to understand the differences... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: December 01, 2009
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15856, Date Accessed: 10/23/2017 8:33:18 PM

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  • Tara Davidson
    Rutgers University-Newark
    TARA BETH DAVIDSON is a doctoral candidate specializing in urban educational policy in the Urban Systems Ph.D. Program at Rutgers University-Newark. She is a former New York City Teaching Fellow, who taught in the Bronx and Manhattan.
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