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ERIC Number: ED477899
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 220
Abstractor: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-0-8077-4272-4
Teaching Democracy: Unity and Diversity in Public Life. Multicultural Education Series.
Parker, Walter C.
This book contributes to the debate between proponents of multicultural education and those who favor a cultural literacy approach. The book demonstrates that educating for democratic citizenship in a multicultural society includes a fundamental respect for diversity. It bridges the widening gap between multicultural education and civic education; provides teaching strategies that educators can use to draw children creatively and productively into a way of life that protects and nurtures cultural pluralism and racial equality; explains the unity-diversity confusion that is found in popular media as well as in multicultural- and citizenship-education initiatives; and defines deliberative discussion and explores its promise as the centerpiece of democratic education in schools, both elementary and secondary. Following the preface and introduction, there are eight chapters: (1) "From Idiocy to Citizenship"; (2) "Democracy and Difference"; (3) "Toward Enlightened Political Engagement"; (4) "Promoting Justice: Two Views"; (5) "Can We Talk?"; (6) "Making Publics, Finding Problems, Imagining Solutions"; (7) "Learning to Lead Discussions"; and (8) "Access to a Non-Idiotic Education." Each chapter includes notes. Contains an extensive reference list. (BT)
Teachers College Press, P.O. Box 20, Williston, VT 05495-0020 (paperbound: ISBN-0-8077-4272-4, $25.95; hardbound: ISBN-0-8077-4273-2, $54). Tel: 800-575-6566 (Toll Free); Fax: 802-864-7626; Web site:
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A