Education of Minorities and Peace Education in Pluralistic Societies

Education of Minorities and Peace Education in Pluralistic Societies

by Yaacov Iram


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780275978211
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 05/30/2003
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.69(d)

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

Case Studies

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

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