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Diversity and Citizenship Education: Global Perspectives

reviewed by Iftikhar Ahmad - 2004

coverTitle: Diversity and Citizenship Education: Global Perspectives
Author(s): James A. Banks (Editor)
Publisher: Jossey-Bass Publishers, San Francisco
ISBN: 0787966517, Pages: 485, Year: 2004
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Describing the functions of a teacher, a twentieth century English philosopher, Bertrand Russell (1950), noted that a teacher should seek to produce in his pupils the kind of tolerance that springs from an endeavor to understand those who are culturally different (p. 121).  For Russell and other thoughtful humanists, the prerequisite for a democratic civic life is mutual understanding and tolerance among citizens.  Indeed, no democratic community can sustain itself unless its citizens are tolerant of each other. But tolerant citizens are not born—they are created.   More than ever in this age of global migration when democratic societies experience demographic transformations and people of different cultures and ethnicities are engaged in a variety of social, political, and economic relations with each other, the preparation of tolerant and knowledgeable citizens becomes a vital necessity. That is why the mission of citizenship education programs in multicultural democracies, which up till now stressed national unity, would surely be inadequate without including teaching and learning about diversity in curricula.   Similarly, multicultural education programs... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 106 Number 8, 2004, p. 1570-1575
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11276, Date Accessed: 7/24/2021 2:25:20 PM

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  • Iftikhar Ahmad
    Long Island University
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    IFTIKHAR AHMAD, a professor of education at the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University, is the author of Citizenship Education: Political Scientists' Struggle for the Social Studies Curriculum (American Book Publishing).
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