Pub. date: 2006 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412939584 | Print ISBN: 9780761930877 | Online ISBN: 9781412939584| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Values Pluralism, in Schools
Katharine Shepherd Furney & Susan Brody Hasazi
The definition of pluralism has changed over time as a result of a greater focus on diversity and inequities in opportunities and resources for groups not considered part of the dominant culture. In the early 1900s, philosophers and writers, including Horace Kallen, began to challenge prevailing theories of assimilation that posited the potential for various racial and ethnic groups to blend together in a melting pot designed to create a homogeneous citizenry in the United States. Kallen proposed an alternative view known as cultural pluralism , which valued the distinct contributions that each minority culture made to American society. Subsequent definitions of pluralism vary somewhat. In the 1960s, Milton Myron Gordon ...