`Jagdish S Gundara's own early experiences have given him unique insights into both the problems and the possibilities of relationships between cultures. His book reflects a life dedicated to fostering positive intercultural relations and provides an analysis of the role of education in overcoming the barriers. All who are interested in building genuinely inclusive notions of education and citizenship will benefit from reading this impressive book' - Geoff Whitty, Karl Mannheim Professor of Sociology of Education, University of London Jagdish S Gundara raises a range of critical issues for educators as a consequence of historical and contemporary aspects of social diversity. Using a historical and social scie
Chapter 7: Building a Common and Shared Value System
Building a Common and Shared Value System
Diversity and Democracy
Amy Gutmann, of Princeton University, speaking at the Jerusalem Conference on Education for Democracy in a Multicultural Society in June 1993, suggested that three underlying values are necessary in diverse societies – ‘non-discrimination, non-repression and democratic deliberation’. But these values do not exist in a vacuum. They are given meaning by the culture and society in which they are expressed. Values can be universal but they are applied in particular situations. Even if we were able to agree on which universals were to be considered as values to be protected and taught, we would still have to appreciate that their absorption into the social fabric would be influenced by ...