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Key Skills: social equity, educational equity, equality, multicultural education, analysis, multicultural curricular reform, modern application of historical trends
Description: This course explores the theoretical underpinnings of multicultural education, culturally relevant and sustainable pedagogy as epistemological and methodological tools for examining systematic schooling inequities in Pk-12 contexts. We will analyze multicultural education, specifically, cultural diversity from the perspectives and experiences of students and communities of color. Additionally, this course focuses on historical and contemporary forms of racism, sexism, classism, and other forms of oppression that students of color face in schools and society. We will explore how race, gender, social class, language, disability, sexual orientation, and ethnicity operate as socially constructed categories that are mediated by systematic disparities in the educational system such as the pedagogy of poverty. Furthermore, this course challenges students to examine how their own identity is shaped by racial privilege, ethnic identity, whiteness, the social construction of ability, discrimination, and its impact on teaching and learning within 21st century multiracial and multilinguistic public schools.