Researcher gives 'F' to multiculturalism education

Sep 28, 2010

Multicultural education in classrooms has failed to produce a deeper understanding across cultures, according to a Concordia University researcher. Education professor Adeela Arshad-Ayaz blames teacher training for failing to address issues of diversity and equity. Her recent presentation at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, in Montreal, calls for an alternative approach.

"The way we currently teach multiculturalism fails to bring divergent groups together," says Dr. Arshad-Ayaz. "Our present approach is alienating and failing to engage teachers from dominant groups by not validating the world view of both groups and bringing meaningful dialogues into the classroom".

Professor Arshad-Ayaz suggests that mere recognition of "other" cultures is clearly not enough and sometimes even divisive, creating feelings of guilt and perhaps even oppositional resistance from students. Rather, students need to be engaged in about local and global processes that create inequality. Instead of just looking at differences in culture, Arshad-Ayaz proposes the intercultural curriculum also integrate discussion of global politics, environmental issues, local, regional and global agreements and treaties that are linked to creation of social class and power.

"We need to remember the end goal, which is to create a more equitable society and more equitable world," says Arshad-Ayaz. "Only by addressing issues of justice and equity do students from both dominant and non-dominant groups become engaged. This discourse will lead to social empathy which is a good beginning to understanding the issue of difference and diversity."

Explore further: Why are UK teenagers skipping school?

Provided by Concordia University

2.3 /5 (3 votes)
add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

The sweet world of soil microbiology

May 01, 2008

Using classroom, hands-on activities can help instructors to communicate difficult scientific concepts and stimulate student thinking. Despite its importance, the diversity in soil microbes can conceptually be difficult to ...

Recommended for you

Why are UK teenagers skipping school?

18 hours ago

Analysis of the results of a large-scale survey reveals the extent of truancy in English secondary schools and sheds light on the mental health of the country's teens.

Fewer lectures, more group work

18 hours ago

Professor Cees van der Vleuten from Maastricht University is a Visiting Professor at Wits University who believes that learning should be student centred.

How to teach all students to think critically

19 hours ago

All first year students at the University of Technology Sydney could soon be required to take a compulsory maths course in an attempt to give them some numerical thinking skills. ...

Consumer loyalty driven by aesthetics over functionality

Dec 17, 2014

When designing a new car, manufacturers might try to attract consumers with more horsepower, increased fuel efficiency or a lower price point. But new research from San Francisco State University shows consumers' loyalty ...

User comments : 3

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

Quantum_Conundrum
5 / 5 (1) Sep 28, 2010
"by not validating the world view of both groups"

===

You cannot simultaneously valid world views that are completely contrary to one another.

Subjective truth and subjective morality are completely invalidated concepts and have no place in our society, let alone schools.

Unfortunately, this subjective truth and PC/PR crap is now running rampant in the entire educational system and the media.
ormondotvos
not rated yet Sep 28, 2010
Cannot but agree. Multiculturalism, as expressed in moral relativity, denies basic cognitive science, which indicates that morality is genetic, similar, and has little relation to squibs and dribbles such as religion, modesty, sex mores and greed.

Read "Human Universals" by Donald E Brown, or wikipedia the subject.
GregHight
not rated yet Sep 29, 2010
"We need to remember the end goal, which is to create a more equitable society and more equitable world,"

Isn't this the core philosophy of liberals? We do NOT need to be indocrinating vulnerable school children with this crap.

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.