Educational Courage Resisting the Ambush of Public Education

ISBN-10: 0807032956

ISBN-13: 9780807032954

Edition: 2012

Authors: Nancy Schniedewind, Mara Sapon-Shevin

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Ten years after the passage of No Child Left Behind, high-stakes testing, national standards, and turn-around policies remain highly controversial. In the same period, we have seen the rise of mayoral control of schools, charter schools, and other initiatives that are viciously opposed by the American Federation of Teachers. But even among well informed people, these issues can seem abstract.Educational Couragepresents the human side of the consequences of these policies by bringing readers the voices of the teachers, students, parents, and school officials who are directly affected by changes in public education.The book begins by outlining the increasingly pervasive assaults on democratic public education and focuses on peoples' negative experiences as public schools have become more "market-driven," taking the heart out of teaching. In the face of widespread discouragement, people are hungry for alternatives. The second and third sections of the book illustrate what students, teachers, and parents have done to reists these policies -- from writing op-eds to refusing to "teach to the test," to a community organizing to change testing policies that discriminate against English-language learners -- and to successfully teach and learn in spite of these obstacles.Educational Courageconcludes with a vision for how we can collectively work to promote progressive, multicultural, democratic schools.So often in the debate over school reform, the voices of those who are affected by these policies are silenced. The conversation tends to be dominated by ed-school academics and policy-makers, but the "real experts" -- those actually teaching and raising children -- are left out. Many of the contributors to this volume, while not well known, do bring ties to national organizations with online presence. At the same time, the authors' introductions to the book as well as each section will position the essays as part of a larger movement devoted to resisting destructive educational policies and dedicated to defending an egalitarian, democratic ideal in the sphere of public education.*70,000 wordsTo view a video of Macario Guajardo, whose story is told inEducational Courage, explaining why he became a conscientious objector against the Texas state standardized tests, go to
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List price: $22.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publication date: 9/4/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Introduction: "Is This What We Call 'Education'?"
A Short History of the Ambush of Public Education
One Teacher's Cry
Rachel's Plea
Introduction: "I Won't Be a Part of This!"-Educators, Parents, Students, and Community Members Resist
Voices of Students with Disabilities
Debunking the Case for National Standards
Resisting the State Test: The Story of an Eleven-Year-Old, Ni�oRebelde
There Is No Rubric for Imagination: Organizing against a Charter School Gone Corporate
"No": The Power of Refusal
Why I Quit Teach For America to Fight for Public Education
Exit Strategies: Confronting Faulty Graduation Tests
T� Eres Mi Otro Yo/You Are My Other Self
Introduction: Resisting by "Working in the Cracks"- Creating Spaces to Teach Authentically
Deepening the Cracks to Infuse Mathematics for Social Justice
Test Prep and the War
You Can't Be Driven by Fear: A Portrait of Public School 24
Introduction: "Not My Voice Alone"-Organizing to Reclaim Public Education
"You Want to Pay Me for What?!?": Resisting Merit Pay and the Business Model of Education
The Curie 12: A Case for Teacher Activism
The Struggle against Mayoral Control in Milwaukee
We Are Not the Backlash: We Are the Resistance!
"Just Parents" Challenge Mayor Daley, Arne Duncan, and Renaissance 2010
From Seeds to Fruition: The Making of a Resistance Movement
Making a Difference
What Endures: Meaningful Assessment for the Long Haul
Voices of Activism
Another World Is Possible/Another Education Is Necessary
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