Currently race is an issue that is intertwined with several aspects of society. We are constantly learning what is right and wrong in society through our families, the media, and our educations and often those images are negative and racist. Racism develops and is ingrained in the structure of our institutions. Using the knowledge I have gained in this and other sociology classes, I will follow current theories that research the socialization processes affect on racism in children, how racism is an issue and finally how providing multicultural education is one of the first steps to reversing any negative images children have by creating an environment that makes parents and children of all races feel comfortable. First I will show the particular functions of institutions in the socialization and education process, then I will discuss what racism is, where it comes, from and how it is a part of our society, further I will discuss the different aspects and reasons for using a multi-cultural education system in order to alleviate some of these negatives based on the theories of authors discussed in our text.
[...] Multicultural education alleviates that and all that is left is to prove that is works, and thus make schools less intimidated to make the transition. References Anderson, Margaret L. and Patricia Hill Collins Race, Class, and Gender. Belmont, CA: Thompson/Wadsworth. Brint, Steve, Mary F. Contreras, and Michael T. Matthews “Socialization Messages in Primary Schools: An Organizational Analysis.” Sociology of Education 74:157- 180. Mantsios, Gregory “Media Magic: Making Class Invisible.” Pp. 329-337 in Race, Class, and Gender 5th Edition edited by Maragaret L. [...]
[...] I then suggested that Uttal's article on racial differences related to certain types of daycare was a prime example of a major concern of mothers of color that their children be in a racially safe environment in school where teachers were sensitive to race issues. A multicultural classroom or daycare is what is needed in such cases, not just a daycare or school that is run by someone of the same race or ethnicity. The overall theory covered in this paper is that multicultural education is needed in order to help eliminate racism and racial stereotypes that have been formed through the institutions and socialization processes in our society, and I have put this general theory together through the reading and discussion of the previous articles. [...]
[...] (1995:350) Question number three stems from the idea that there is not always proper funding for such a systematic change in education. The only answer to this is to provide more research that a multicultural education is well-rounded and better for students in our society. Both students and teachers need to have a part in figuring out what is missing from their education. Often there is a pattern to under fund antiracist initiatives in order to prevent them from succeeding, this needs to change and can be done with the proper empirical research. [...]
[...] This is simple because of course any teacher can teach from a multicultural perspective as long as they have the proper knowledge on the subject. According to Miner, can't truly teach this until you reeducate yourself from a multicultural perspective.” (1995:351) Teachers need to be aware that their current form of teaching has a cultural bias that emphasizes white European history and white as the American Majority. They need to accept that the dominant cultural has effected their perceptions of non-dominant cultures. [...]
[...] According to the article “Media Magic: Making Class Invisible” from our text, media plays a key role in defining our cultural tastes, helping us locate ourselves in history, establishing our national identity, and ascertaining the range of national and social possibilities.” (1998: 329) Here the author is suggesting that the media is our culture. What we watch on TV, hear on the radio, and read in our magazines shows us what to believe. In American society these things are commonly negative when related to the subject of race, class, and gender. [...]
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