How is multicultural education like project-based learning?
I'm currently taking a Bilingual Education class and one of the assigned articles really resonated with a concept that I learned with regards to project-based learning at a workshop lead by Laura Fiddler at the Florida NAF conference.
The main idea about the workshop was that in order to be meaningful and rigorous, projects aren't something that should be "tacked on at the end" frivolously but instead, something that should be fully integrated with the lessons as a way of learning, not an additional assignment.
One common comment by teachers about projects is that students can simply "copy" another student's project. When I bring this comment to my students, they can't help but laugh and say, "Copy?! It's impossible to copy a project!"
This article points out the same idea except with respect to multicultural education and going beyond simple tolerance:
Nieto, S. “ Affirmation, Solidarity, and Critique: Moving Beyond Tolerance in Multicultural Education.” Multicultural Education, v. 1, n. 4 (Spring, 1994), pp. 9-12, 35-38.
Kelly Garcia teaches physics in New York City to Latino students using a humourous and hands-on approach. She manages to circumvent the boredom of test-prep with thoughtful and creative projects.