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Is multiculturalism a disruptive or an integrative force in Canadian society? Concerning education, multiculturalism is becoming more and more disruptive in Canadian society. It seems that there is a new issue from the media attention regarding instruction on a weekly basis. It is becoming more and more apparent that most, if not all issues in recent years stem from the debate of whether to centralize or decentralize our existing system of education. Proponents of centralization assert that a conventional national system of education will provide all people with access to the identical quality of schooling. On the other hand, proponent's of decentralization claim that human educational institutions will offer a degree of instruction that's sensitive to the various cultures and economic status within a certain area. Both sides contend that their system will offer a higher standard of instruction while improving the educational opportunities for minorities. Due to the recent investigation by the UN to Ontario's education system, it is appropriate to specify what Canadians are eligible for as much as educational rights. The UN proclaims loosely that, "Everyone has the right to education" and that "education shall be free," [UN, 1948,Article 26 (1)]. These definitions are extremely broad and far-reaching, and therefore are rarely adhered to as fundamental human rights. "Many authorities are inclined to define human rights in the manner most convenient to suiting their own political interests." (Boutros Butros Ghali, 1993). Basically, there is no standard that compels any government schooling system to provide for a multicultural society. It should be interesting to see what the UN will say about the Canadian education system and whether or not they'll set standard in education for a multicultural society such as ours. With no hard and fast guidelines should the education system in Canada function in order to become an integrative force in Canada. The prevailing school of however in Canada regarding education is its standardization and centralization. The provincial Government is responsible for developing and executing of public instruction policy as long as they are in power. The Harris government has employed and suggested many thoughts for the centralization and standardization of education in the province of Ontario. These policies ar...