“Education, Equality and Human Rights”, edited by Mike Cole, talks about human rights and their connection to the education field in the twenty first century. Each of the equality issues is covered in their own way and how they are related to education, which includes gender, race, sexuality, disability and social class. It is written in a manner that is more user friendly for educators, social workers and sociology students.
I find this book to be an easy read and very interesting. The book has a lot of advantages for readers wishing to get a general impression about the different equality issues that are found in educational settings. Although most issues that are brought up in the book refers to the systems in the United Kingdom, you can easily relate the information to your own country. The chapter also gives you different suggestions and solutions to the different types of equality. Written by professionals in their specific field of study, each chapter finds the history of the different issues till the present and allows the readers to judge their ongoing importance in the future.
In this book review, there are a few chapters that I find most interesting and more related to my profession, as an International Kindergarten teacher living in Hong Kong. In chapters seven and eight, both written by Richard Rieser, he discussed the disability equality and the need of inclusive education or special education. Can the points that Rieser raised in his chapters be found in a Hong Kong’s schooling system? Do all schools in Hong Kong support inclusion? What are the positive aspects for children with disabilities to go to a mainstream school?
In Chapter 7, Disability equality: confronting the oppression of the past, is written by Richard Rieser, a teacher with a disability, who had the chance to work in different settings, from nursery schools to secondary schools. He is also the managing director of “World of Inclus...