- Paperback: 279 pages
- Publisher: University Of Chicago Press; 1 edition (May 1, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0226707377
- ISBN-13: 978-0226707372
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,699,451 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A sensible and significant contribution to the educational controversies that occupy so many political and educational theorists - and policymakers - these days. Rob Reich has a gift for clarifying complicated matters and a talent for writing that makes reading almost effortless." - Richard Dagger, author of Civic Virtues: Rights, Citizenship, and Republican Liberalism
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Linking political theory with educational history and policy, Rob Reich offers provocative new answers to these questions. He develops a liberal theory of multicultural education in which the leading goal is the cultivation of individual autonomy in children. Reich draws out the policy implications of his theory through one of the first sustained considerations of homeschooling in American education. He also evaluates three of the most prominent trends in contemporary school reform-vouchers, charter schools, and the small school movement-and provides pedagogical recommendations that challenge the reigning wisdom of many multicultural educators. Bridging Liberalism and Multiculturalism in American Education will be of interest to political theorists, philosophers, educators, educational policymakers, and teachers.
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It became the rage while Rob Reich was teaching poor Hispanic sixth graders in Texas. He knew it was a powerful concept. He also saw the idea trivialized even as it took hold. ''Was adjusting the school menu to include a variety of ethnic foods a part of the same reform idea as renovating the school curriculum to include the history and literature of cultural minorities?'' he asks. Now a professor of education at Stanford University, Dr. Reich has answers in his book, to be published in May. Multiculturalism is actually two ideas, he says. On the one hand, it is about understanding and celebrating our differences. On the other, it is a philosophy of protest, insisting on group identity over the cliches of American individualism. Dr. Reich takes sides: he's for the multiculturalism that celebrates difference without rejecting the melting pot. Using sometimes challenging philosophical arguments, he makes a strong case.
Don't ''teach students to be who they already are,'' he writes. ''Enable children to decide who they want to become.''
Peter Temes is president of the Great Books Foundation, a nonprofit organization that sponsors reading programs.
One read of this book and you will take your kids out of government run schools and teach them at home.
This book is complete leftist propaganda garbage. Save your money.