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Column One: Curriculum

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While interest in exploring the contributions of African-Americans to United States history has grown in recent years, less attention has been paid to similar contributions by the nation's second-largest minority group, Hispanic Americans

In an effort to shine some of the spotlight on these citizens, Telemundo Group Inc., a Spanish-language television network based in New York City, has put together a three-hour documentary on the wartime contributions of Hispanic Americans.

Sponsored by Chrysler Corporation and McDonald's Corporation, the documentary tells the stories of Hispanics who risked their lives in the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, World Wars I and II, the Korean and Vietnam wars, and the Persian Gulf War. The show, entitled "Hispanic Heroes,'' aired nationally earlier this month and will be re-broadcast in December. However, educators can obtain shorter, English-language versions of the program and an accompanying study guide at no cost.

Information is available from Hernand V. Gonzalez Jr., Telemundo Network Inc., 2470 West Eighth Ave., Hialeah, Fla. 33010.


Another free multicultural resource for educators is being offered this year by Lingua Service Worldwide, a New York City agency representing 60 foreign-language and cultural centers around the world. The agency will provide free concerts to any school or college in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York State, and Pennsylvania that requests them.

The "Songs of the World'' concerts are intended to spark students' interest in studying foreign languages. All of the songs included in the repertoire are performed in the native languages, and teachers can obtain advance copies of the lyrics for use with their students.

Information on booking a concert can be obtained from Gloria Gonzalez-Gavlas, Lingua Service Worldwide, 2 West 45th St., #500, New York, N.Y. 10036; (212) 768-2728 or (800) 394-LEARN.


More than 200 participants were expected to gather in Chicago this past weekend for the first national conference held by the Alliance for Curriculum Reform. Formed in 1990, the alliance is a group of 25 subject-matter and education organizations that have joined together in an effort to make their voices heard in national debates over curriculum issues.

Planners said the Oct. 15-17 conference would focus on the benefits and hazards of integrating the curriculum for students in kindergarten through 12th grade.--D.V.

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