Most teachers become teachers because they're passionate about making a difference. But then the reality of the education system sets in, and their dreams of doing things differently fade away.
In Practice What You Teach, Bree Picower, an assistant professor in the College of Education and Human Services at Montclair State University and a core member of the New York Collective of Radical Educators (NYCoRE), explores the challenges and triumphs of educators pursuing their passion for social justice education and activism.
Picower records the experiences of three groups of educators: white pre-service teachers typically enrolled in most teacher education programs; new teachers striving to integrate social justice into their teaching, and experienced educators who see their teaching and activism as inextricably linked.
The chapters include:
- Teacher Activism: Social Justice Education as a Strategy for Change
- "Why Do We Have to Talk About Race Again?": Oppositional Stances and Tools of Whiteness
- Teaching for Justice: Developing Strategies for Integrating SJE in the Classroom
- Stuck at the Classroom Door: Falling Back on Tools of Inaction
- Reconciling the Vision: Taking Action for Educational Justice
- "Making a Difference": Teaching in the Classroom and Organizing in the Streets
Social justice education, as it's generally defined, has much in common with humane education, and this book looks like it will serve as a useful too for teachers passionate about helping their students (and themselves) become effective leaders and changemakers for a better world.
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