In this moment of in the middle of this semester, I want to talk about things that I have learned, thoughts that occurred to me, and questions that I might have to carry on.
This course is the first theory class that I take, and I am not confident that I perfectly understood every concept from each “Theory camp” yet. However, I try to remind myself with the saying, “Rome was not built in a day” and I believe that someday, I might be able to draw my own mind-map for each theory camp.
The assumptions that I have with me right now about Multicultural Education, Critical Pedagogy and Critical Race Theory are that their main goals and assertions can be summarized in accordance with what are known as the norms for matured democratic civil societies—admitting and understanding differences of others from your heart, realizing “Otherness,” asking for the rights what all people deserve, and making an action when it is needed in everyday lives.
What was interesting is that those ideas, talked and claimed for more than a decade, are the things that we are already know of and conscientiously agree upon but cannot confidently say that we are actually feeling the progress in actual world. And I think that is why Freire’s “Praxis” has been talked continuously just as Tiffany, Priya, and Jason also mentioned it previously.
Before I came to US, the preconception that I had about US was “Open-minded to others” since I heard so much about “Melting-Pot.” But about a week after the Fall Semester started, I realized that it was not as much as I had expected. At that time, I had to interview American undergraduate students about “Racism” for my English class and my instructor warned us about students’ reaction about racism. Wow, I was a little surprised with their reaction when I asked them about “Racism.” They showed the whole reluctance with their facial expressions. I also feel some sensibility when I have to talk about racism, but their expressions were more than that. I don’t blame those attitudes, but I was truly curious why it was such a “taboo” to talk about racism for them. And also comparing people’s attitude toward me from people in our department with others, it was a lot kind and generous in our department. I was wondering "Can this be a result of Multicultural Education in Art Education?"
It has been more than a decade since we have cried for and pointed out same problems. And there have been many studies and researches conducted about same problems by theorists, researchers and practitioners. But why is it so hard to feel even a single change or progress? And why is it always ‘Education’ that has to be ranked as the first or the second with ‘Politics’ which seems to be the biggest problem in every Nations?