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Jerry Aldridge, Coordinator, Early Childhood Programs, Charles Calhoun, Assistant Dean for Urban Affairs, School of Education, University of Alabama at Birmingham and Ricky Aman, Cal-Tex, Pekanbaru, Sumatra, Indonesia wrote "15 Misconceptions About Multicultural Education" Focus on Elementary, Spring 2000, Vol.12, #3. Reprint can be found in http://www.udel.edu/bateman/acei/misconceptions.htm.
Of these 15 misconceptions, I find this as the most damaging to the education process:
"Children's books about another culture are usually authentic." This is an especially common misconception. Teachers who want to share other cultures may unintentionally choose books that are racist or not representative of a particular group. Many of us can identify certain culturally inappropriate books, such as The Story of Little Black Sambo by Bannerman (1899), The Five Chinese Brothers by Bishop and Wiese (1939), or The Seven Chinese Brothers by Mahy (1990). Others are more subtle. A book that is often recommended (see Huck, Hepler, & Hickman, 1987) is Tikki Tikki ...
A discussion of a multicultural misconceptions on the use of books.