Education & Immigration
Reimagining Civic Education in an Age of Mass Migration, Teachers College Press (under contract)
In 2014, approximately 1.1 million school-aged children in the United States were unauthorized migrants who, absent legal reform, have little to no pathway to citizenship in the United States. Despite their large numbers, these children are largely invisible in citizenship education curricula. An unstated assumption within mainstream citizenship education is that all students are citizens or are eligible to become citizens. The reality is that while many students are citizens many others are various types of noncitizens. Some of these noncitizen students are or will be eligible for citizenship, but many others have no pathway to citizenship. Mainstream civic education does not challenge the use of citizenship as the exclusive conceptual category of membership within a local, state, or national community, nor does it assist students in imagining new bases for membership.
This book project offers new insights, knowledge, and practices for critically examining citizenship as an organizing principle. It will provide teachers with the information they need to challenge and reimagine citizenship education. Helping students understand the ways that membership, belonging, and participation in democratic societies can be inclusive of all long-term residents regardless of citizenship status and immigration status is a critical component of reimagining and transforming citizenship education. Empowering students to undertake this type of critical analysis creates a context in which democratic societies are better prepared to realize justice and equality for all.
in The Resegregation of Schools: Race and Education in the Twenty-First Century (Jamel K. Donnor & Adrienne D. Dixson, eds. 2013)