Learning to Liberate Community-Based Solutions to the Crisis in Urban Education

ISBN-10: 0415898374
ISBN-13: 9780415898379
Edition: 2012
Authors: Vajra Watson
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List price: $44.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 11/16/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 248
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

There are few more pressing problems in education than the crisis that is affecting urban schools. Extremely high drop-out rates and rates of incarceration among poor and minoritized youth, alienation from schools and other institutions, unemployment'¬ ;and the list could and does go on and on. All of these make it very hard to make a difference within urban schools. National policies surrounding privatization and marketization and more testing more often argue that the only solutions involve blaming teachers, placing schools in a competitive relationship with each other, turning to the private sector, and ratcheting up the pressure on teachers and students. In spite of a landscape that is both bleak and nihilistic, Learning to Liberate presents true and compelling portraits of educators who succeed without these methods. Drawing upon over three years of ethnographic research, Vajra Watson demonstrates how nontraditional educators are teaching for social change and how, in the process, they are revealing the ways disenfranchised youth can be schooled and empowered. Using portraiture, a unique methodology rooted in vivid storytelling, Watson shows the complicated process of youth engagement. Each portrait forms a chapter that provides rich descriptions of each practice and practitioner, thematic in-depth interviews, and document analysis. Watson explores and analyzes each educator'¬"s distinct pedagogies and tactics for working with students and then ties together the unique narratives to create a theoretically grounded framework with practical strategies for a broad audience. A poignant, insightful, and practical analysis, Learning to Liberateis a timely resource for all educators who are committed to transforming "at-risk" youth into "at-promise" individuals who put their agency and potential into action in their schools and communities.

Preface: Gems in the Gutter
Introduction: Gangstas, Gunshots, and Grades
Dereca Blackmon: Pedagogy of Communication
Rudy Corpuz: Pedagogy of Community
Victor Damian: Pedagogy of Compassion
Jack Jacqua: Pedagogy of Commitment
What Does (Not) Work
Community-Based Urban Education
Grindin for all we Got from the Bottom to the Top
Appendices
Terminology
Methods and Validity
Participant-Observer or Observing Participant?
Interview Protocols and Youth Questionnaire
Website and Contact Information for the Community-Based Educators
Bibliography

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