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Multiculturalism

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In "Antiracism, Multiculturalism, and Interracial Community: Three Educational Values for a Multicultural Society," reprinted in Gary E Kessler, Voices of Wisdom: A Multicultural Philosophy Reader, Fourth Edition, (Belmont CA: Wadsworth, 2000, pp25-31), Lawrence A. Blum argues that there are a "plurality of values that one would want taught in schools and families," and are "essential to a program of value education for a multicultural society" (Blum, p25). He supports his argument by identifying the values, which are antiracism, multiculturalism, an interracial community, and creating persons as individuals. Blum's purpose is to clear up any predisposed misconceptions readers may have had about multiculturalism in order to perfect the multicultural society, using the readers as advocates. Blum seems to be targeting an audience of educators who may desire the multicultural society, but are unsure of how to attain it. I do agree with Blum's concept on a plan for educating to develop for a multicultural society; however I do not feel as though he understands that it is a much tougher task than just identifying values, because they must be instilled.

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In "Antiracism, Multiculturalism, and Interracial Community: Three Educational Values for a Multicultural Society," reprinted in Gary E Kessler, Voices of Wisdom: A Multicultural Philosophy Reader, Fourth Edition, (Belmont CA: Wadsworth, 2000, pp25-31), Lawrence A. Blum argues about values that are "essential to a value education program in multicultural society," (Blum, 25). The values identified: antiracism, multiculturalism, a sense of interracial community, and treating persons as individuals, seem very effective as far as creating a multicultural society. However, I think that when reading the article, readers must understand that these values should not only be taught to students, but instilled in them.

The first value given is antiracism. Blum makes sure to...