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It is Sunday morning and I have a bit of time to respond to some of the
discussions that have taken place over the last couple of days.
Someone (I cant remember the person) questioned multicultural arts ed
and wether we have missed the boat a bit.
I had some time to think about this. As I live in a country where there
is no clear majority group this is especially relevant to us.
If the arts are taught in a way that underscores a different culture as
being seperate from something else, without the message that we are all
part of the family of man, I believe it can be subtly devisive instead
of fostering greater understandind.
If something is held up as being different without the balancing view of
its similarities, we are in trouble. It is therefore a good idea to
present multicultural arts ed in an integrated way.
Here is an example of what I mean:
Instead of dividing units into cultural lessons, pick a subject like
textiles or furniture or whatever.
Then discus how each cultural group solved the problems of that field in
their own way, relevant to their culture.
This will concentrate on similar problems with dissimilar solutions.
Hope this makes sense to all of you
Tracey In South Africa