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  1. Introduction.
  2. The fusion of Lincoln's exemplary vision: Impossible to retain.
  3. The concept of drawing up new standards.
  4. True multicultural education.
    1. A form of education which fostered solid educational principles.
    2. Influencing the future, as well as changing the way we view the past.
  5. The rise of particularism for Diane Ravitch.
  6. Multicultural education in urban, poor, minority and school districts.
  7. The marked success on the part of black women.
  8. Conclusion.
  9. Works cited.

No one would accuse one of the greatest of all political figures in American history, Abraham Lincoln, of being against equality. In his time, America had already experienced the stresses of immigration. There were German immigrants who fought to speak their own language. There were Irish immigrants who formed their own parochial schools to preserve religious freedom. Oriental men were out west, building the railroads under exploitive conditions and of course there were Black slaves. In spite of these conditions, on the day of Lincoln's most renowned speech, at the end of a bloody civil war, which won liberation for an subjugated people, he stated unequivocally that, ?Any city or house divided against itself shall not stand? (Matt 12:25, NAS Bible, 1053).
For Lincoln, the granting of freedom did not mean the relinquishing of our countries national identity of cohesiveness.

[...] Richburg makes no excuses for the atrocities his people endured, nor does he defend slaver, but in an attitude that would make proud the vision of Lincoln and would positively further the goals of multicultural education, Richburg reflects, better that we all put our energies into making America work better, into realizing the dream of a multiracial society, than in clinging to the myth that we belong anyplace else? (Richburg, B-11). Works Cited American Heritage Dictionary. Second College Edition, Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company 1982: 955. [...]


[...] Multicultural education particularly in urban, poor, minority, school districts are embracing a form of particularism. This is in an effort to institute more effective learning techniques. One of the methods is based on the theory of cultural predisposition and how it affects individual learning style. Urban schools are responding to a situation, which may be more than the result of profoundly inequitable distribution of educational resources?, which leave ?most city schools starved and desperate? (Ayers, then the need for racially motivated bolstering. [...]


[...] They were encouraged to assimilate into the dominant culture, one that was, and is, constantly changing, point of America is not to preserve old cultures but to forge a new American culture? (Coughlin, made of many, thus E Pluribus Unum. True multicultural education works to, ?encourage a healthy spirit of pluralism, of mutual respect, and of self-respect among children of different backgrounds? (Ravitch, 342). As Diane Ravitch acknowledge, the children of American society today will live their lives in a racially and culturally diverse nation and their education should prepare them to do (Ravitch, 341). [...]

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