n South African Journal of Education - Multicultural education and its politics

Volume 21, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 0256-0100
  • E-ISSN: 2076-3433



This article is an account of how multicultural education is experiencedwithin the US society and its national school curriculum. Theauthor has had an opportunity to partly witness this situation, whenhe was selected as one of the South African Educators who participatedin the June-July 1999 South African Transformation Institute(SETI) at the Indiana University in US. Multicultural education, as atransformative concept or movement as others view it, is very vital toprepare members of the society and learners in the schools to developintercultural skills. On the other hand, it is also not an appreciatedconcept in the minds of those who do not identify with transformativeconcepts/movements like it. In this article the author, by reflecting onthe US experience, attempted to communicate this message throughthe literature survey, and by reporting about the workshop activitiesthat he took part in regarding the concept of multicultural education.In the end, implications of these accounts on US, South Africa and ingeneral are pondered upon.

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