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1.0 out of 5 stars what can I say about centrist theory!, June 6, 2010
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This review is from: Deculturalization and the Struggle for Equality: A Brief History of the Education of Dominated Cultures in the United States (Paperback)
i think the average minority is supposed to love centrist theory but I am amazed at how much disinformation centrist theory must create as a by product in order to sell itself.

I found this book informative on the plight of Native Americans, Asian Americans and to some degree Latino Americans (Mexican/Puerto Rican) in US educational history. Outside of the small bit of information contained therein I found several instances of information that was simply posed in very questionable light. I wondered for example how many other pieces of history, how many other peoples history are thrown under the bus in order to pitch centrist theories.

One example is his treatment of Mexicans in the US. Although very enlightening, the author poses Mexican Americans as a unique culture that was oppressed and suffered at the hands of a very narrow minded US gov't. And of course this helps to malign the gov't and show how much disregard for cultures they generally have. What it also did, I felt, was to present an image of Mexican culture as somehow unique and natural (not to say that it isnt natural or unique). The most amazing part was that much of Mexican history, and the foundation of its culture AS a conquered people seemed to be utterly neglected. So the notion that the territory of Mexico had been dominated by Spain for a couple hundred years (and under the banner of Christianity) paid no heed to the idea that Mexican culture was already a mix of a dominated culture and its oppressor. How could this notion possibly be featured and factored into the idea of deculturalization, as Spring puts it? I dont think it was.

Overall, I was grossly disappointed at the idea of a 'scholar' and 'university professor' taking such cavalier liberties in the presentation of history, through his clear neglect of a greater and more holistic view of history. But of course, I suppose that if he were to take a more holistic view of history and present it that way it would cease to be centrist!

Im giving this book one star knowing full well that I probably should give it 3 based on the reasoning. However, I think that as an academic text it's a poor piece work and poorly presented. I also think that it would fail to encourage the average (possibly uninformed) college level learner to do his or her own investigation of history in order to appreciate these seemingly atrocious events in the much broader context of history. If centrist theory seeks to neglect such aspects of history that are vital to a holistic understanding then its adherents should embrace such neglect consciously and should not attempt to inculcate new members/learners through blatant irresponsibility and neglect of greater truths. I think that to do this is an even greater occurrence of deculturalization!
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Initial post: Sep 6, 2010 2:34:15 PM PDT
Toby says:
Actually deculturalization means that white people are to be ignored as an ethnic group and then we can focus on the true cultures of the POC'S!
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