For information regarding Multicultural Curriculum, please contact Shellie Gory or Louise Ball at 754-321-1873.
The focus of Multicultural Education is to promote global education and a better understanding among cultures. Multicultural Education fosters a respect and appreciation for peoples of different cultures. It encompasses contemporary issues: pluralism, cross-cultural understanding, multilingual/multicultural society, ethnic and gender studies, and global education. Multicultural Education involves the past and present challenges of desegregation and integration, prejudice, racism, oppression, and citizen apathy. It includes examination of morals, ethics, values, and citizenship within ethnic and gender communities and the society at large.
Multicultural Education aims at helping all students in the development of knowledge, abilities, and attitudes needed to survive and function effectively in a culturally diverse society. Cultural diversity enriches the society. Multicultural Education also portrays the history and contributions of various groups to the development of the United States and the world.
The Florida Legislature passed FLORIDA STATUTE 1003.42 (replaces Florida Statute 233.061) requiring public schools to teach "the history of the Holocaust (1933-1945) in a manner that leads to an investigation of human behavior, an understanding of the ramification of prejudice, racism and stereotyping and an examination of what it means to be a responsible and respectful person, for the purposes of encouraging tolerance of diversity in a pluralistic society and for nurturing and protecting democratic values and institutions."
In the spring of 1994, the Florida Legislature amended the Statute requiring instruction in Florida's public schools to include the history of African Americans, including "the history of African peoples, the political conflicts that led to the development of slavery, the passage to America, the enslavement experience, abolition, and the contributions of African Americans to society."
In 1998, the Statute was further amended to include "the study of Hispanic Contributions to the United States and the study of Women's Contributions to the United States."
In 2002, the Florida Legislature reorganized the educational statutes. FLORIDA STATUTE 1003.42 requires that "Members of the instructional staff of the public schools, subject to the rules of the State Board of Education and the district school board, shall teach efficiently and faithfully, using the books and materials required, following the prescribed courses of study, and employing approved methods of instruction."
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Multicultural, ESOL and Program Services Department
201 SW 172 Avenue Pembroke Pines, FL 33029 USA
Phone: (754) 321-2950