Through Students' Eyes: Combating Racism in United States Schools

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 1996 - Education - 163 pages

This book explores racism in American schools and provides possible solutions to this widespread problem. Dr. Donaldson documents recent incidents of racism and explores the manifestations of racism and its toll on our society. The major part of Donaldson's work focuses on the role of the arts in antiracist/multicultural education. She brings together the views of leaders in multicultural education with her own insights to substantiate the importance of the arts in fighting racism. Dr. Donaldson focuses her research on high school students, discovering that even high achievers perceive racism as a deterrent to their learning. The students most often perceive racism as a problem caused by adults, and Donaldson shows that multicultural arts can empower students to stand against this racism. Finally, Donaldson explores the reeducation of teachers in an antiracist, interdisciplinary curriculum development and implementation pilot study.


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The Role of the Arts in Antiracist Multicultural Education
Assessing the Impact of an AntiracistMulticultural Arts Curriculum
We Can Make a Difference
Now That We Have a Voice Who Is Willing to Listen?
Where Do We Go from Here?
A1 Student Race Relations Survey
A2 Interview Questions
A4 Audience Evaluation Survey
Middle School Arts Project Surveys
National Efforts
Teacher Project Preliminary Statistical Report

A3 Lets Stop Racism in Our Schools Script

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Page 4 - English, mathematics, science, history and geography, .and every school in America will ensure that all students learn to use their minds well, so they may be prepared for responsible citizenship, further learning and productive employment in our modern economy.
Page 12 - Only our deep moral values and strong social institutions can hold back that jungle and restrain the darker impulses of human nature.
Page 18 - There is no question that the desire to rationalize exploitation of non-European peoples fostered the elaboration of a complex ideology of paternalism and racism, with its familiar themes of grownup childishness, civilizing mission, atavistic savagery, and arrested evolution (van den Berghe, 1967).
Page 15 - American history" is taught all year round. Another major institution, the media, remains controlled and dominated by white men and their images of themselves. In order for these institutions to be controlled by a single group of people, there must be economic power. Earlier I discussed the necessity to maintain racism and sexism so that people of color and women will continue to provide a large pool of unpaid or low-paid labor. Once economic control is in the hands of the few, all others can be...
Page 4 - If students of color do not feel safe, academically challenged, or included in the curriculum, they will not produce at their most efficient or creative capacity. With the burden of racism, many students of color tune out, burn out, act out, or drop out of school.

About the author (1996)

KAREN B. McLEAN DONALDSON is Associate Professor and Cross Cultural Studies Institute Program Director at Alliant University in Alameda, California. She has worked as a multicultural education specialist for 15 years and is president of Multicultural Education Development, Inc.

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