Minority Family Agendas: The Home-School Interface and Alternative Schooling Models

  • Lillian Phenice
  • Estella Martinez
  • Gale Grant


Educational policies in the United States are moving from a more paternalistic compensatory attitude of earlier years toward a healthier notion of cultural democracy. This latter philosophy supports and emphasizes the concept that the home, community, and school share in the socialization experiences of all children, regardless of their cultural background, and are valuable in their own right. With this movement has emerged a new educational theme, the “new pluralism” or “new ethnicity”, which is bringing about curricular reforms in the public schools. This “new ethnicity” has brought about multicultural activities and ethnic heritage programs; however, the future effect of these programs on the school remains uncertain. Whether intense and aggressive assertions of ethnic cultural autonomy and self-determination of ethnic minorities can be absorbed into the present system of public education is difficult to assess at this time (Olneck and Lazerson, 1980). With this awakening and recognition of educational policies that emphasize cultural democracy, a new national consciousness could emerge embodying principles of respect and appreciation of all people who compose the rich ethnic mosaic in the United States.


Black Community Indian Child Black Child Migrant Child Bilingual Education 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lillian Phenice
    • 1
  • Estella Martinez
    • 1
  • Gale Grant
    • 1
  1. 1.Michigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA

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