Embracing Risk in Urban Education Curiosity, Creativity, and Courage in the Era of No Excuses and Relay Race Reform

ISBN-10: 1607099497

ISBN-13: 9781607099499

Edition: 2012

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At a time when American urban public education is under broad attack, and in which America is perceived as a nation at risk that is losing the race to the Top, educators and politicians from across the spectrum are promoting increased emphasis on standardized testing, business models of school reform, zero tolerance, no excuses, promoting cultural assimilation, and building a standardized curriculum. Ginsberg argues that in the effort to reduce the achievement gap and mitigate the pejorative label of ‘at-risk,’ we are in danger of eliminating risk from education entirely. This is especially the case in urban schools with large numbers of poor and minority students. Ginsberg explores alternative approaches to student achievement at four dynamic Philadelphia public schools. This book provides a grounded, close look at alternative and innovative pedagogies which embrace risk through an emphasis on critical inquiry, cultural diversity, global awareness, project-based learning, collaboration, community partnerships, and student activism. The result? Schools which can nurture a new generation of students who are not only smart and literate but can think help preserve American Democracy while furthering the quest for peace, unity, equity, and social justice.
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Book details

List price: $26.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Education
Publication date: 1/26/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 160
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Alice E. Ginsberg spent eight years as Program Officer for the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, where she developed and directed women's studies and community education programs. She now consults with foundations, corporations, nonprofits, and educational institutions interested in promoting gender equity or multicultural programs in schools.

Foreword: Untapped Possibilities
Acknowledgments
Preface: When RISK Is a Four-Letter Word
Introduction: Why Embrace Risk in Education?
The New Three Rs: Relay Race Reform: Unpacking the Language of Twenty-first Century School Reform and Policy
A Mission to Question: Inquiry, Creativity, and Risk: The Science Leadership Academy (SLA)
Courageous Conversations: Teaching, Cultural Identity, and Risk: The Folk Arts Cultural Treasures School (FACTS)
When Superman Is Delayed: Social Justice, Student Activism, and Risk: Parkway NW School for Peace and Social Justice
Unlocking the Schoolyard Gate: Geography, Community, and Risk : The Wissahickon Charter School
Conclusion
Appendix: Contemporary Educators Respond: "How Would You Define Embracing Risk in Urban Education?"
Selected Bibliography
Index
About the Author
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