Constructing the Shield of Difference: Multiculturalism, Teaching, and Citizenship
Riots in Paris signal differentiated meanings of French citizenship. Kanye West proclaims, “President Bush doesn’t care about Black people.” German schools initiate “German-only” language curricula. Struggles around race, culture and personhood are global, and schools of education are responding by promoting multiculturalism. In this paper, I discuss my investigation of a specific program of teacher education. Drawing on poststructural theory, I outline how policy, curricula, and social contexts construct the good teacher for these times.
Keywords: Multiculturalism, Inclusion, Education, Cultural Politics
Dr. Nikola Hobbel
Assistant Professor of English Education, English Department, Humboldt State University