By Nathan Glazer
The melting pot is not any extra. the place now not very some time past we sought assimilation, we now pursue multiculturalism. Nowhere has this variation been extra obvious than within the public colleges, the place a standard Eurocentric curriculum has yielded to diversity--and, frequently, to disagreement and confusion. In a booklet that brings readability and cause to this hugely charged factor, Nathan Glazer explores those sweeping adjustments. He bargains an incisive account of why we all--advocates and skeptics alike--have develop into multiculturalists, and what this suggests for nationwide harmony, civil society, and the schooling of our formative years. Focusing rather at the effect in public faculties, Glazer dissects the 4 matters uppermost within the minds of individuals on either side of the multicultural fence: Whose "truth" will we realize within the curriculum? Will an emphasis on ethnic roots undermine or enhance our nationwide harmony within the face of foreign sickness? Will awareness to social injustice, prior and current, bring up or reduce civil disharmony and strife? Does a multicultural curriculum increase studying, by way of attractive scholars' curiosity and by means of elevating scholars' vanity, or does it train irrelevance at most sensible and myth at worst? Glazer argues cogently that multiculturalism arose from the failure of mainstream society to assimilate African americans; anger and frustration at their carrying on with separation gave black americans the impetus for rejecting traditions that excluded them. yet, willingly or no longer, "we are all multiculturalists now," Glazer asserts, and his ebook supplies us the clearest photo but of what there's to grasp, to worry, and to invite of ourselves during this new identification.