Pursuing Equality in Societies of Difference
Publication Year: 2008
Published by: Russell Sage Foundation
Title Page, Copyright
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About the Authors
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This project is an ethnographic, legal, and conceptual exploration of the tensions between the vicissitudes of the pluralism agenda (seeking recognition and respect of diverse group traditions) and the inclusion agenda (seeking equal opportunity...
Part I: Introduction
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1. Pursuing Equal Education in Societies of Differences
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Schooling is always an act of hope. An older generation hopes to pass on its learning to those who follow, a free society hopes to engage a new generation in the project of self-governance, and an unequal society hopes to offer genuine...
Part II: Schooling and the Equality-Difference Paradox
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2. We're All for Equality in U.S. School Reforms: But What Does it Mean?
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When a group of parents sought to include their religious holiday in the set of public school holidays, the school board voted ten to zero against the proposal. When an applicant asked the Board of School Examiners to offer the examination...
3. Identity Matters: Ethnicity, Race, and the American Dream
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Arecent poll of Latinos, Asians, and African Americans in California finds that more than 80 percent of the parents of each ethnic group have the very highest educational aspirations for their children (New American Media 2006). These parents expect their children to complete college...
Part III: Just Schools in Context
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4. Contested Terrain: Visions of Multiculturalism in an American Town
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I live in a place whose liberal tendencies have earned it various nicknames. For example, it has been called “The People’s Republic of Amherst” and “Amherst, An Island Off the Coast of America.” Amherst, Massachusetts, is a classic college...
5. Universal Particularism: Making an Ethical Islamic School in Chicago
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These quotes reflect a form of ethical universalism that is increasingly being appealed to in order to defend the reintroduction of moral pedagogy, particularly character education, in American schools. The first quotation is from a female science...
6. The Reach and Limits of Cultural Accommodation: Public Schools and Somali Muslim Immigrants in Maine
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The rapid influx of Somali Muslims to a working class community in Central Maine (the “whitest state” in the nation)1 has challenged an outwardly homogeneous community to consider how to educate students who hold cultural views that diverge...
7. Republican Ironies: Equality and Identities in French Schools
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The tensions between alternative visions of success that permeate discussions of American schools are hardly unique to the United States. Across Europe, schools recently have become emblematic of both new forms of cultural difference and new concerns...
Part IV: Just Schools in the World
8. Diversity, Transformative Citizenship Education, and School Reform
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The increasing recognition and legitimacy of diversity within the United States and around the world require educators to rethink citizenship and citizenship education. Historically within the United States, as well as within other nations, the major goal of citizenship education has been to develop...
9. After Just Schools: The Equality-Difference Paradox and Conflicting Varieties of Liberal Hope
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Several conflicting varieties of liberal value are present in debates about how children should be justly educated in a multicultural society such as our own. Specifically, there are four liberal values—autonomy, merit-based justice, equal opportunity...
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Publication Year: 2008