Schools are positioned in society as the bridge between the past and future, with the delicate balance of preserving cultural and social traditions, while infusing change. Schools must simultaneously inculcate the society’s values, provide rich experiences for reflective analysis, and prepare young people for participation in the future growth of the society (politically, economically, and environmentally). In the global shifts that occur with populations and politics, schools are important in providing intercultural experiences that break down prejudices and demonstrate the values associated with diverse cultural strengths. The loss of cultural knowledge and traditions of minority populations can lead to a homogeneous society lacking of flexibility, communication, and growth.
This article presents information on the role that schools have in promoting the general macro-culture of the society, while preserving various aspects of the cultural traditions of its minority populations.
|Keywords:||Schools, Culture, Societal Change|
Chair, Education Department, Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska, USA
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