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  1. Introduction
  2. Race and racism in th book by Collins and Andersen
  3. Multicultural education as defined by Barbara Miner
  4. Important questions
    1. How can teachers incorporate multiculturalism into their classrooms?
    2. How can a multicultural education be implemented in schools?
    3. What about the lack of funding for such a systematic change in education?
    4. Who will impart this multicultural education?
  5. The idea of racial safety
    1. Education and eliminating racism
  6. Conclusion
  7. References

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. [...]


[...] Because of this, Black women and other women of color often look for daycares that have owners and workers who are of the same race or ethnicity with the idea that they would be sensitive to cultural differences. However, this is not often true. Simply being of the same race did not guarantee a mutual understanding between mothers and daycare providers. In my opinion as well, I believe this puts a further disparage in multicultural education because if a white student is in a white school with dominantly white curriculum they will be blind to cultural differences, then a black student in a black daycare with predominantly black curriculum will be blind to cultural differences as well. [...]

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