"Advanced" Ideas about Democracy: Toward a Pluralist Conception of Citizenship Education
by Walter C. Parker — 1996
Citizenship education is probably the most popular stated mission for public schooling in the United States, but it rests on a feeble conception of democratic citizenship that skirts social and cultural diversity. The effect, oddly enough, is a citizenship education that is unclear about its relationship with multicultural education, and sometimes positioned defensively toward it. Here I outline a conception of democratic citizenship that is appropriate to pluralist societies--a conception on which a renewed, deepened citizenship education might proceed.
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