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Culture and Education

by Sonia Nieto - 2008

By this point in the volume, the need for dialogue in public spaces may seem obvious. But having this conversation occur in shared, respectful, and productive ways is not easy in diverse, pluralistic settings. It may be even more difficult in those settings where differences in race, gender, sexual orientation, and language are awarded pride of place or position. In this chapter Sonia Nieto advances the conversation about the educational implications of some of the ideas we grappled with in Part Two: if democracy involves people creating common and uncommon worlds in order to define themselves and live together, what are some of the horizons of significance available for this kind of education? Nieto captures the challenge as how to live together and thrive amidst what seems inevitable interracial misunderstanding and conflict explained by differences in ethnicity, color, language—often referred to as cultural differences.

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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 107. No. 1.

Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 110 Number 13, 2008, p. 127-142
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 18467, Date Accessed: 9/23/2020 4:55:30 PM

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  • Sonia Nieto
    University of Massachusetts, Amherst
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    SONIA NIETO is Professor Emerita of Language, Literacy, and Culture in the School of Education, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her books include Affirming Diversity: The Sociopolitical Context of Multicultural Education (5th edition, 2008, with Patty Bode), What Keeps Teachers Going? (2003), and the edited volumes Puerto Rican Students in U.S. Schools (Lawrence Erlbaum, 2000), Why We Teach (Teachers College Press, 2005), and Dear Paulo: Letters from Those Who Dare Teach (Paradigm Publishers, 2008). She has taught at the elementary grades through graduate school and continues to speak and write on multicultural education, teacher preparation, and the education of Latinos and other culturally and linguistically diverse student populations.
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