Multicultural traditions and Islam in U.S. schools today

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Abstract

This essay puts forward a historical account of pluralism and multicultural educational philosophy within the United States, and considers the case of religious pluralism, specifically the case of Islam and Muslims, in order to flesh out some of the limitations of the traditional multicultural framework and approach for the contemporary classroom. After examining the history of multicultural thought in the United States against the backdrop of widespread assimilationism, the essay argues that modern multiculturalism fails to increase minority student self-esteem, increase minority equality, or preserve cultural traditions, three major professed goals of leading multicultural educators. Elaborating on its implications for teaching in the case of Islam and Muslims, the essay thus shows that multicultural education is a highly limited approach to difference in the classroom. New approaches are needed. Copyright © 2010 The author.
Original languageEnglish
JournalThe Journal of Multiculturalism in Education
Volume5
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Citation

Jackson, L. (2010). Multicultural traditions and Islam in U.S. schools today. The Journal of Multiculturalism in Education, 5(1).

Keywords

  • Multiculturalism
  • Pluralism
  • Religious education
  • Islam
  • Muslims

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