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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 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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