The school I am going to focus on is my private school back home in Huron, Ohio, St. Peters' Catholic elementary. It was a small catholic school but large for a town of 6,000 people.
I think the two most important characteristics are Important for all students and Antiracist/Antidiscriminatory. Important for all students I would define as curriculum that everyone should be able to have in their schools. When reading the words, important for all students, I would say that means giving all students mandatory diversity included in the general curriculum. An example that best words my definition in Nieto would be, "Multicultural education is reduced to making exotic masks, eating ethnic foods, ..Etc (Nieto, 325), "students were unaware of what multicultural education might be if it were approached in a comprehensive manner (Nieto, 326). By approaching multicultural education in a more comprehensive manner Nieto meant making ethnicity a class and part of mandatory curriculum. Studying ethnicity will make us more tolerable of other cultures. An example from my elementary school is an example from my 8th grade year. The teacher assigned us to each do reports on different cultures. With the report bring in food from that culture and whatever else you deem necessary. Recently this activity at the school was condemned by the school administration because they wanted a more involved curriculum in order to show that the school was moving with the times. They instituted a class that most grades are receiving now, that consist of a chopped down ethnic studies class for grades 5-8. This would bring the school I think up to the level of Respect. In order to move up to the next level of multicultural education I think the school would have to include all grades and not just a centered class for diversity as it is now but include the class in all aspects of schooling. A more specific example would be to t... Continue Reading