Tolerance Matters

International Educational Approaches

K. Peter Fritzsche, Seamus Dunn, Valerie Morgan
Release Date: May 1, 2003

Tolerance, diversity, and human rights are issues that lie at the very core of democratic societies. Especially in times of conflict, the question arises: Is it possible to promote tolerance, democracy, and human rights through education? Tolerance Matters identifies fundamental issues in the field of education for democracy, human rights, and tolerance. The 10 case studies compiled in this volume examine educational responses in a wide range of cultural, social and economic contexts. Set against an analytical framework that allows for comparison, the case studies explore the complexities, challenges, and opportunities inherent in attempting to use education as a mechanism for fostering understanding and tolerance. With contributions from Brazil, Chile, Germany, Israel, the Netherlands, Northern Ireland, the Philippines, Poland, South Africa, and the United States of America, this unique collection of case studies offers a cross- and intercultural approach to the issue of education for democracy.