Common Schools/Uncommon Identities / Edition 1

Common Schools/Uncommon Identities / Edition 1

by Walter Feinberg
     
 

One of the most hotly debated issues in contemporary education concerns the tension between the demands of such groups as blacks, Latinos, gays, women, and the handicapped for a curriculum that recognizes their particular identity-and the competing position that the role of public education is to infuse children with a common American identity. In this book, a… See more details below

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One of the most hotly debated issues in contemporary education concerns the tension between the demands of such groups as blacks, Latinos, gays, women, and the handicapped for a curriculum that recognizes their particular identity-and the competing position that the role of public education is to infuse children with a common American identity. In this book, a distinguished philosopher of education takes on that debate, indicating the underlying ethical issues on each side and showing how schools can promote both national and cultural identities.
Walter Feinberg develops a theory of education that is twofold: it is sensitive to the concerns of parents and community members who want the public schools to reinforce their particular values and group identity, and it also maintains a commitment to the "principled reasons" for public education-the general ideals that public education shares with a liberal political philosophy, particularly equality of educational opportunity, freedom of association, and individual development. Feinberg develops an understanding of basic principles that schools should use in addressing cultural differences, tests these and shows how liberalism is indeed compatible with cultural recognition.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300082920
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
04/01/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
276
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.62(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1Education: Cultural Difference and National Identity1
2Nature of National Identity and Citizenship Education31
3Cultural Difference59
4The Possibility of Moral Education in a Liberal Society93
5Aims of Multicultural Education123
6Uncommon Identities: Hard Cases158
7On Robust Recognition and Storytelling190
8Citizenship Education and the Multicultural Ideal203
9Conclusion: Common Schools and the Public Formation229
Notes247
Index261

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