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 alteration been extra obtrusive than within the public colleges, the place a conventional Eurocentric curriculum has yielded to diversity--and, usually, to war of words and confusion. In a ebook that brings readability and cause to this hugely charged factor, Nathan Glazer explores those sweeping alterations. He bargains an incisive account of why we all--advocates and skeptics alike--have develop into multiculturalists, and what this suggests for nationwide solidarity, civil society, and the schooling of our adolescence.

Focusing quite at the effect in public colleges, Glazer dissects the 4 concerns uppermost within the minds of individuals on each 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 consciousness to social injustice, previous and current, raise or lessen civil disharmony and strife? Does a multicultural curriculum improve studying, by way of attractive scholars' curiosity and via elevating scholars' vainness, or does it educate irrelevance at top and delusion 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 e-book supplies us the clearest photograph but of what there's to understand, to worry, and to invite of ourselves during this new id.

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