Curricular Approaches to Developing Positive Interethnic Relations

Rosemary C. Henze
1999 The Journal of Negro education  
Rosemary C. Henze, ARC Associates (Oakland, CA)* This article examines whether and in what ways curricular approaches can be helpful in building positive interethnic relations in a large, ethnically diverse high school. Through this case study of curricular reform, the author documents four curricular approaches teacher leaders used to explicitly address issues of race and ethnicity and explores the impact of these approaches on student learning. By tracing the process of curricular change, the
more » ... ricular change, the case illuminates how teacher leaders and administrators created the conditions for these curricular reforms to be sustainable. I think people forget that kids, even at this level-even though we don't consider ourselves kids, but really we are-just like kids tease each other in elementary school, why's he wearing that or he looks funny, it's the same thing in high school. It really is. I think because people don't know, they don't understand, they just act out in that way without knowing the consequences, the reasons, the justifications, or anything. So considering the fact that we don't learn very much [about race relations], race relations are pretty good, considering. But things would be a lot better if we had more education. (An African American high school student)
doi:10.2307/2668152 fatcat:mdijfzc3tfastkyx7c4t2nx7gy