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Source Reviewed:

Wright, Ouida (2000). Multicultural and antiracist education: The issue is equity. In: Goldstein and Selby (eds.). Weaving connections: Educating for peace, social and environmental justice. pp. 57-98

Audience:

teachers in multicultural settings

Topic:

anti-racist education, teacher resources,

Description:

None

Strengths:

-gives a detailed account of the history of Canadian laws and policies on biculturalism
and multiculturalism
-gives a history of provincial initiatives
-provides lists of practical resources for teachers and classrooms, as well as a list of anti-racist organizations

Weaknesses:

-may be slightly contradictory in stating that there is "no ideal solution or situation in which everyone is comfortable...sometimes it requires a certain level of discomfort for real change to occur" (p. 87),and yet at the end of the chapter rather simply stating that "we have the blueprints; the execution remains"(p. 89)

Comments:

-highlights the issue of equity, which may mean treating people the same despite their differences, or treating people as equals by accommodating their differences
-explains how the Canadian mosaic is fictional (racism in our society and history, eg: residential schools, Chinese Head Tax, Japanese internment WW 2, First Nations poverty and health, Inuit teenage suicide rates)

Your Recommendations:

None

Submitted by: Marilyn Steinbach

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