Publication Date: November 22, 2002
Series: Multicultural Education Series
In Teaching Democracy, Walter Parker makes a unique and thoughtful contribution to the hot debate between proponents of multicultural education and those who favor a cultural literacy approach. Parker conclusively demonstrates that educating for democratic citizenship in a multicultural society includes a fundamental respect for diversity.
This scholarly yet accessible work:
Walter C. Parker is Professor of Education and Adjunct Professor of Political Science at the University of Washington, Seattle.
“At a moment in time when our connection to the nation seems superficial and jingoistic, Walter Parker offers us a vehicle to reach our ideal of deliberative, committed civic participation for every citizen. This book explores the hard work of citizen-making in a diverse and complex society where individual and group interests often are in conflict. Parker makes us realize that in a democracy ‘public’ is not a dirty word and schooling should not be punishment.”
— Gloria Ladson-Billings, University of Wisconsin, Madison
“This book deals in an engaging and thought-provoking way with both social realities and democratic possibilities—exactly what I try to do in my classroom.”
—Wendy Ewbank, teacher, Seattle Girls’ School