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What are the challenges of multicultural education in United States?

As someone born in Bogota, Colombia who then moved to United States for higher education purposes, I continually work with the challenges of multicultural education. This is especially important as I am someone with an international background, and always connecting with people from all over the world, and my passion always centers around multicultural studies.

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    Dec 27 2011: It's not clear to me just what you mean when you say you "continually work with the challenges of multicultural education." Instead of asking what the challenges are, perhaps you can tell us. I'm also someone who was born in another country and came to the U.S., but I haven't worked "with the challenges of multicultural education" at all, except for learning the language, though I've gone to school to the doctoral level. I've just seen it as an education, like most people. What are the "multicultural" challenges I've missed?
  • Dec 22 2011: I think that part of the difficulty is geographic location. To comment on David's post below, I agree we are the most culturally diverse, but that certainly doesn't mean that we're any more educated in others' cultures and classes. How many people hear spanish nearly on a daily bases no matter where you are in the states, and to how many people does that make them more "worldy" or culturally educated?
    I agree that teaching history is part of it. But I also think that since we're bordered only by Canada and Mexico, that makes it more difficult to yearn for cultural understanding. If each state were to have significantly different cultures, we would be a very multicultural people.
    We have less of a necessity than say European countries to understand about other's cultures.
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      Dec 22 2011: I completely disagree... We have already learned everything about European culture that is required to make French, and German citizens work well together... The EU is still working on catching up to us on that. You can't take a class anywhere in America without having first generations immigrants ask questions that would never have fit into your cultural experience... and it's awesome, and we are incredibly well culturally educated, in my opinion.
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    Dec 22 2011: ''What are the challenges of multicultural education in United States?''

    Teaching history
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    Dec 22 2011: Challenges to multicultural education in the United States? Not to sound too pro American... but isn't all education in the US multicultural? We're the most genetically and culturally diverse country on the planet... Can you take a single class in the US without it being multicultural?

    I think the greatest thing about the United States, is that it's impossible to not have a multicultural education here.
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      Dec 22 2011: David,
      No questions about how multicultural US is. Comes easier for some to have your perspective, but still a challenge to others. Why? Well I myself would like to find out why, if that's what we have around us. Thank you for taking the time to comment on it.
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    Dec 22 2011: Think about seasoning your favorite dish. The seasonings serve as the multi-cultures. The dish serves as the US education. You have to blend everything just right, otherwise it taste like s**t!
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      Dec 22 2011: Xavier, absolutely without a good blend will taste not so good. That’s has been my point all along with education, nice to hear your feedback. Thank you.