Pluralism Reflection Paper

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Education 101
Fall ‘15 Midterm
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From 1840-1880, education leaders were focused on extending common schools throughout the nation. Therefore, when faced with the concept of pluralism, they saw it as a nuisance. They were unable to see the value and importance of diversity and culture for education as a whole. However, pluralism plays a huge role in shaping America to be a melting pot of different cultures, characterized by a community of varied races, languages, political beliefs, and educational interests. In this reflection, I will use the concept of “America as a melting pot” to argue that pluralism is the single most influential era of urban school reform.
As educational leaders and bureaucrats went about creating a “universal, efficient system,” they refused to consider the
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In the study The asset of cultural pluralism: an account of cross-cultural learning in pre-service teacher education, it was found that traditional curriculum does not foster meaningful moments of learning among preservice teachers. On the contrary, when pluralism, diversity, and culture were shared amongst the preservice teachers, they had meaningful experiences that qualified as moments of learning. When educational systems are rigid and non-pluralistic, it limits a student’s knowledge because they are cheated from a “multiplicity of interpretations” (Conle et al, 1999, p. 386) that could have been offered if pluralism were considered “an asset rather than a liability” (Conle et al, 1999, p. 385). Instead, students end up stuck in a way of thinking that’s completely linear and limiting. Their perspectives are the same as their peers which is tragically ironic considering that America is a conglomeration of multiple cultures, backgrounds, and

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