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Supporters of multiculturalism argue that it helps us come to terms with our diverse present and strengthens the academic achievement of African-American children. Some call for Afrocentrism, the dominance of African cultural patterns in people’s lives. Opponents of multiculturalism argue that it encourages divisiveness rather than unity. We need one culture, one language etc. Which view do you think makes more sense? Why?

Can someone help where to start with this.

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    Thank you for using the Jiskha Homework Help Forum. First of all, let me give you some sites on multiculturism. You should make up your own mind, but I will tell you my opinion at the en d.

    1. (Wikipedia): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multiculturalism

    2. (interesting about greetings): (Broken Link Removed)

    3. http://media.www.campustimes.org/media/storage/paper371/news/2003/09/25/Opinions/Multiculturism.Far.From.multi-476100.shtml

    4. (Broken Link Removed)

    5. http://mason.gmu.edu/~drwillia/winthrop.html

    6. http://www.hoover.org/publications/digest/10671236.html

    We live in a global society and studying multiculturism is a must. Not only when we visit other countries but to know how to treat people from other countries that come here. I taught 3 foreign languages, because that is a marvelous mental exercise for both of those same reasons. My grandparents came here from another country and yes, it was difficult for them at first to learn English and to adapt. Usually it is the 3rd generation that will really be a citizen of that new country of the grandparents. Also, having lived in other countries, with other languages and customs, it was expected that I learn those things. So, I agree with the Japanese gentleman who made English the official language of the United States. This does not mean that we should forbid others to use their native language, but we can expect them to negociate in English. Most of my students spoke 3 languages, one at home, one in other classes and one in mine. This made them adaptable in at least 2 different countries, working on a third.

    Now, what is YOUR opinion? I used to tell my students that multiculturalism did not mean that one culture was better or worse than another, just different. Wouldn't it be boring if everyone were alike?

    Sra

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    Thank you that really helps.

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    We've always had a multicultural society. In colonial times, we had immigrants from several European countries all with their own languages and cultures. Benjamin Franklin published the country's first German-language newspaper in 1732. Slaves from Africa also brought their own cultures and languages that added to our pre-Civil War multiculturalism. Later, immigrants from eastern Europe and Asia added to our "melting pot."

    Today, multiculturalism is even more important as the Internet, international business, and fast jet planes brings the entire world closer together. Look at where our electronics and clothing are made. Look at our favorite foods -- Chinese, Italian, Mexican, Thai, Soul, Middle-Eastern, etc. It's a poorly educated high school graduate who hasn't at least studied a foreign language. And why not celebrate Chinese New Year, Cinco de Mayo, Bastille Day, and Kwanzaa, as well as the Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, and Halloween? Can we ever have too many holidays?

    Opponents of multiculturalism fear the intrusion of "foreigners" and bristle when they hear foreign languages spoken in their neighborhoods. They resent having government documents and signs printed in other languages.

    Obviously I favor multiculturalism.

    What do you think?

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    Thank you that's really great.

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    You're welcome. Good luck on your essay!

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