Deculturalization and the Struggle for Equality : A Brief History of the Education of Dominated Cultures in the United States

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  • Edition: 4th
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  • Copyright: 2003-06-04
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages
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Deculturalization and the Struggle for Equality is a concise history of Anglo American racism and school policies affecting dominated groups in the United States. In this text, Spring focuses on the educational, legal and social construction of race and racism, and on educational practices related to deculturalization, segregation, and the civil rights movement. He emphasizes issues of power and control in schools and how the dominant Anglo class has stripped away the culture of minority peoples in the U.S. and replaced it with the dominant culture.Spring gives voice to the often-overlooked perspectives of African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanic/Latino Americans, and Native Americans. An understanding of these historical perspectives and how they impact current conditions and policies is critical to teachers' success or failure in today's diverse classrooms. Very brief and affordable, Deculturalization and the Struggle for Equality is an ideal supplement for Introduction/Foundations of Education, Multicultural Education, or any course that seeks to expand student notions of what U.S. education has been and is.In the fourth edition, Spring has included improved chapter conclusions and clarified material in all chapters, and has updated scholarship and treatment throughout.

Table of Contents


CHAPTER 1: Deculturalization and the Claim of Racial and Cultural Superiority by Anglo Americans

Culture and Race as Central Issues in U.S. History and Education

Deculturalization and Democratic Thought

Race, Racism, and Citizenship

Concepts of Cultural and Racial Superiority

The Naturalization Act of 1790 and What It Means to Be White

Education and Creation of an Anglo-American Culture

Educational and Cultural Differences

Early Native American Educational Programs

Schooling and Colonization of the "Five Civilized Tribes"



CHAPTER 2: Deculturalization and the Schooling of Native Americans

Citizenship in the New Republic

Thomas L. McKenney: The Cultural Power of Schooling

The Missionary Educators

Language and Native American Cultures

Indian Removal and Civilization Programs

Native Americans: Reservations and Boarding Schools

The Meriam Report



CHAPTER 3: Deculturalization, Transformation, and Segregation: African Americans

Atlantic Creoles

Slavery and Cultural Change in the North

Freedom in Northern States

Educational Segregation

Boston and the Struggle for Equal Educational Opportunity

Plantation Society

Learning to Read

Citizenship for African Americans

Fourteenth Amendment: Citizenship and Education

The Great Crusade for Literacy

Resisting Segregation

The Second Crusade



CHAPTER 4: Asian Americans: Exclusion and Segregation


Education: From Coolie to Model Minority and Gook

Educating the "Coolie," "Deviant," and "Yellow Peril"



CHAPTER 5: Hispanic/Latino Americans: Exclusion and Segregation

What's in a Name?

Issues Regarding Mexican American Citizenship

Issues Regarding Puerto Rican Citizenship

Mexican American Educational Issues

Puerto Rican American Educational Issues

Methods of Deculturalization and Americanization



CHAPTER 6: The Great Civil Rights Movement and the New Culture Wars

School Desegregation

Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.

Native Americans

Indian Education: A National Tragedy

Asian Americans: Educating the "Model Minority"

Asian Americans: Language and the Continued Struggle for Equal Educational Opportunity

Hispanic/Latino Americans

Bilingual Education: The Culture Wars Continued

Multicultural Education, Immigration, and the Culture Wars

The Next Chapter in the Culture Wars: No Child Left Behind Act of 2001

Conclusion: Human and Educational Rights


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