Teaching About Religion
in support of civic pluralism
Pluralism and Education: Its Meaning and Method
By Joan T. England
Source: England, Joan T. (1992). Pluralism and education: Its meaning
and method. Ann Arbor, Michigan: ERIC Clearinghouse on Counseling and
Personnel Services. [ED347494]
The philosophy and ideology of pluralism is not new but one whose time has
come for actualization. Education is providing experience for students,
teachers, counselors and the community to nurture and practice pluralistic
thought. The philosophy of pluralism is not restricted to the "purist"
educational environment but is being extended to encompass teacher
in-service training and community-based involvement and input. Teachers
and the community at large are acquiring an awareness of pluralism through
subtle methods of dialog and participation. Schools are expediting the
implementation of pluralism through activities, workshops, courses, and
small groups. These processes often fit under the name of multicultural
issues and concerns; frequently the use of the term "pluralism" is avoided.
Accurate definition may assist in the transition toward truly pluralistic thought.
This is the first paragraph of the paper.
The time has come for pluralism.