Reflections on the Call for the Special Issue on Education, Citizenship and Interculturalism

M. Fernanda Astiz


This critical essay challenges two assumptions that permeate the call for papers for this special issue of the Inter-American Journal of Education for Democracy.  First, it questions the claim that American societies are “[becoming] progressively more diverse,” implying that in the past they were less diverse.  Second, it disputes not only the theoretical merit of the concept of “authentic democracy,” but also the assumption that conflictive views and group relations are not compatible with it.  Last, the essay engages in a discussion of how these assumptions, if not pointed out, hinder the purpose set for this special issue and democratic education alike.  Academics and policy makers must exercise caution when formulating and setting up frameworks for debate.