The existence of minorities will grow in most countries of the world because of sociopolitical upheaval and economic crisis, both of which result in waves of migration. Contributors to this volume discuss the task of education to alleviate the problems arising from the mix of peoples of various ethnic, cultural, linguistic, and religious backgrounds.
No education system alone can create a just and equal society, and education by itself is not enough to achieve peace. Nevertheless, educational efforts assisted by other institutional commitments and actions are essential in order to create an atmosphere of justice, mutual recognition, and acceptance as preconditions for peaceful coexistence within groups and between people.
As a result of worldwide migration in reaction to wars and other geopolitical conflicts, as well as economic crisis, many modern nation-states consist of a mix of people of various ethnic, cultural, linguistic, and religious backgrounds. Indeed, there are very few countries that are monocultural. Here contributors discuss how it is imperative that multicultural education be promoted to achieve awareness, then tolerance, and finally acceptance of ethnic and other diversity within societies.
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About the Author
YAACOV IRAM is Professor of Comparative and International Education, Bar-Ilan University, Israel. He is currently the Chair holder of the Dr. Josef Burg Chair in Education for Human Values, Tolerance and Peace, UNESCO.
Table of Contents
Introduction by Yaacov Iram
Theory and Concepts
Education of Minorities: Problems, Promises, and Prospects. An International Perspective by Yaacov Iram
Cultural Recognition or Social Redistribution: Predicaments of Minority Education by Gita Steiner-Khamsi
Multiculturalism and Civic Education in a Globalizing Economy by Martin Carnoy
What Should Be the Foundations of Peace Education? by Chadwick Alger
Education for Peace: Concepts, Contexts, and Challenges by Lennart Vriens
Can Educational Improvement Equalize Minority Economic Opportunities? The Case of the United States by Martin Carnoy
Cultural and Religious Minority Education in France: Limits to Diversity and Equality by Leslie Limage
Recognizing and Educating Religious Minorities in England and Wales by Leslie Francis
Minority Education in the Palestinian Authority by Aziz Haidar
Promoting Inter-Group Attitudes in Israel Through Internet Technology by Yaacov Katz and Yaacov Yablon
The Bedouin Community in the Israeli Negev: Educational and Community Characteristics by Rivka Glaubman and Yaacov Katz
Jewish-Arab Relations and the Education System in Israel: A Case of Controlled Multiculturalism by Majid Al-Haj
Is Silencing Conflicts a Peace Education Strategy? The Case of the "Jewish State" Topic in Israeli Civics Textbooks by Hillel Wahrman
Jewish Education Worldwide: A Minority Educates Itself by Walter Ackerman