100 Multicultural Proverbs: Inspirational Affirmations for Educators (Paperback)
  • 100 Multicultural Proverbs: Inspirational Affirmations for Educators (Paperback)

100 Multicultural Proverbs: Inspirational Affirmations for Educators (Paperback)

Paperback 120 Pages / Published: 12/02/2008
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Proverbs are an important part of the multicultural experience and they are consistently intertwined with socio-cultural and political webs of the people. Proverbs depict and unveil generational continuity, wisdom, power, and humility. To a large measure, they provide deeper meanings and explications of complex situations, events, and daily activities. They portray a true picture of the originality and valuing of oral tradition to the multicultural perspective. In more ways than one, proverbs expose dialogue and discourse as a part of the vernacular of people and they are the icing on the cake in daily oral interactions of diverse communities in the United States and around the world.

In 100 Multicultural Proverbs: Underlying Educational Principles for Today's Educators and Leaders, proverbs from different African, Asian, Native American, and Latino tribes, communities, and countries are presented. These proverbs have implications for collaboration, consultation, and cooperation. Everyone has a role in building his or her community. The influx of immigrant minorities into the fabric of the United States society makes it imperative for educators and leaders to change their ways of thinking, teaching, learning, and leading. Clearly, the paradigms and powers have shifted in our society - we can and must learn from each other. To a large extent, this book exposes different ways to solve problems - some ways are through serious thinking and some are through humor.

Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
ISBN: 9781412957809
Number of pages: 120
Weight: 200 g
Dimensions: 228 x 152 x 7 mm

"A rich, lively, and positive commentary on our global cultures. Obiakor's selection of proverbs and the conceptual framework for the book is, to say the least, powerful. Equally impressive and effective are his brief interpretations and prescriptions for the appropriate use of these proverbs for those involved in education, leadership, and service provision." -- From the Foreword by Jacob U. Gordon
"Obiakor poignantly bestows upon us the infinite wisdom of culturally diverse peoples that has been passed down from generation to generation. At the same time, he provides interpretations that challenge us to rethink traditional school leadership and teaching styles in ways that lead to transformed educational practices for all learners-adults and children alike-in an age of accountability and reform." -- Stanley C. Trent, Associate Professor of Special Education
"Obiakor's interpretations of the proverbs challenge the ordinary mind to shift paradigms and power and expand our imaginations to use real principles to solve real problems. In addition, his interpretations uniquely touch on all facets of life and challenge educators and leaders to do the right thing." -- William B. Harvey, Vice President for Equity & Diversity Affairs
"Teachers and administrators will find it a fine collection useful as a starting point for explorations of other cultures." -- The Bookwatch, June 2008

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