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Educating for Individual Freedom and Democratic Citizenship: In Unity and Diversity There Is Strength

Amy Gutmann

in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Education

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780195312881
Published online January 2010 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195312881.003.0023

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Educating for Individual Freedom and Democratic Citizenship: In Unity and Diversity There Is Strength

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This article addresses contentious questions concerning individual freedom and democratic citizenship education in the contemporary circumstances of multiculturalism. It suggests that educating children for civic equality is an ambitious aim for any democracy and not one that can ever be realized once and for all. It provides evidence that multicultural conditions can challenge the very aim of educating children for civic equality. It explains that democracies are variously multicultural and the varieties of groups make a difference in the kind of education and the progress toward civic equality that can realistically be expected at any time.

Keywords: citizenship education; individual freedom; multiculturalism; civic equality; democracy

Article.  8703 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Social and Political Philosophy ; Epistemology

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