Diversity and Education: A Critical Multicultural Approach
By Michael Vavrus
“Dr. Vavrus has put together a phenomenal book that is much needed in the field. He really inspires, challenges and informs multicultural educators and practitioners.” —Eddie Moore, Jr., executive director, The Privilege Institute
“Diversity and Education can not only help us have conversations about racism, institutionalized oppression, and cultural fear, it can also offer an intervention that can move readers towards a deeper critical consciousness about diversity and multicultural education in their own lives.” —From the Foreword by Wayne Au, associate professor at the University of Washington, Bothell, and an editor for Rethinking Schools
“Diversity and Education is a must-read for anyone concerned about why so many policies claiming to ‘help’ diverse students fail, and what alternatives exist. Vavrus clearly believes in the power of teachers who are well-educated critical thinkers. In this lucid and compelling text, he skillfully applies a highly useful framework to unpack historical and contemporary debates about core concepts underlying multiple struggles for education and rights.” —Christine Sleeter, professor emerita, California State University, Monterey Bay
“Few education scholars have offered as potent and cogent a political and economic analysis of multicultural education and diversity as Professor Michael Vavrus has in his new book. His critique of neoliberalism via critical pedagogy and his advocacy of social justice education are timely and praiseworthy.” —Ramin Farahmandpur, professor, Graduate School of Education, Portland State University
"Vavrus resists simple approaches or fixes to complex problems; critically unpacks diversity issues; and offers an alternative vision. He beckons his audience (K-12 educators, school administrators, teacher educators, parents, and communities) to work in solidarity and hope towards improving the lives of children."
—Teachers College Record