Tzvetan Todorov writes that the most important democratic value is pluralism. Monistic societies and governments as are communism and national socialism are not democratic. In education we should give pluralism an important place.
Maha Bali begins her blogpost with the students need for different ways of teaching, for variety in structure of courses, and adapting to students preferences and needs.
But she the most valuable text of Maha is about cultural pluralism and respect. In Maha Bali’s blog about education she says: But it’s in allowing the diverse voices within us to have a space (even if it’s an English-speaking space because it’s the only language we have in common) and voice, that alone helps to enrich the online space with the diversity that’s in it. Pluralism is a ways to foster learning and creativity and innovation.
Pluralism in education is a movement that does not ask for teaching to the test and standard testing. It is about learning to live with differences in methods of teaching, about democracy and about pluralism as a key to research and learning.
Proposed Changes in Education (this is in a wiki about citizenship & diversity)
- from formal to informal
- from exclusive to inclusive
- from restrictive to experiential
- from instructionist to constructivist
- promotion of knowledge building, lifelong learning
- promotion of inter-generational knowledge exchange
I am not writing about religious pluralism. In the USA pluralism also is used to talk about racial matters. Both are important issues.