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Title: Moving Toward a "Just and Vital Culture": Multiculturalism in Our Schools
Author(s): B Benard
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 30
Sponsoring Agency:
Portland, OR 97204
Gang Intelligence Strategy Committee
Contract Number: S188A00001
Sale Source: Western Regional Ctr for Drug-Free Schools and Communities
101 SW Main Street
Suite 500
Portland, OR 97204
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Researchers, practitioners, and policy advocates in the drug prevention and education fields have been especially concerned with the growing number of children and youth, predominantly from ethnic minority backgrounds, who are considered at risk for the interrelated problems of educational failure, substance abuse, teenage pregnancy, and juvenile delinquency.
Abstract: Although research indicates drug and alcohol use by most ethnic populations other than Native Americans is less than that of whites, substance use by ethnic groups tends to increase as they become assimilated into the dominant American culture. Further, most ethnic groups suffer more behavioral and health problems than whites and also experience more sociocultural and economic exploitation. Cultural diversity should be incorporated in drug prevention programs, particularly in the school setting, and racial discrimination should be eliminated. Teachers should have high expectations for ethnic minority children and youth, and a multicultural content should be infused throughout school curricula. Specific suggestions are offered on how schools can effectively implement a multicultural educational approach. 80 references
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Adolescents at risk; Alcohol abuse education; Alcohol abuse prevention; Children at risk; Cultural influences; Drug abuse education; Drug prevention programs; Juvenile drug abusers; Juvenile drug use; Minority juvenile offenders; Racial discrimination; Underage Drinking
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