Moses, Michele S., & Chang, Mitchell J.
Toward a Deeper Understanding of the Diversity Rationale
University of Colorado at Boulder
Examines the legal history and the philosophical foundation of the diversity rationale
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Vol. 35, No. 1, pp. 6-11
- Examines how diversity became a key part of public discourse concerning education policy. Is there an intellectual tradition or philosophical orientation that informs its application to education? What is gained or lost by focusing on diversity?
- The article traces the evolution of the concept of diversity and of diversity as a democratic ideal in the tradition of philosophical thought.
- The diversity rationale is rooted to a philosophical foundation in the virtues of diversity---fosters democracy and effective functioning as citizens in a complex, connected world. The authors find a strong, intellectual foundation to guide and justify education policy.
- The diversity rationale can shift the debate over race-conscious policy away from concerns about discrimination, inequality, and injustice.
- The authors advocate for the integration of diversity with considerations of social justice.
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Affirmative Action, Democracy, Diversity, Social Justice
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