This widely popular book provides an up-to-date, unbiased look at today’s many different cultural groups and the importance of building on the cultures and experiences of students to help them achieve optimal learning. It explores the most current issues related to race, diversity, and equity in society and shows how those issues are reflected in schools and how they impact students. Future teachers get a sound foundation for understanding diversity and using this knowledge effectively in classrooms and schools to help students learn. The authors approach multicultural education using a broad perspective, using culture as the basis for understanding multicultural education, and emphasize the importance of an equitable education for all students. The new edition helps readers learn to routinely use self-reflection to become more effective teachers in classrooms that provide equity for all students; covers up-to-date new issues in the chapter features; updates all chapters to reflect recent events and research that have impacted the topics addressed in the book, and updates all tables, figures, and references to reflect the latest data and thinking.