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Against Common Sense

Teaching and Learning Toward Social Justice, 2nd Edition

By Kevin K. Kumashiro

© 2000 – Routledge

142 pages

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The phrase "teaching for social justice" is often used, but not always explained. What does it really mean to teach for social justice? What are the implications for anti-oppressive teaching across different areas of the curriculum? Drawing on his own experiences teaching diverse grades and subjects, Kevin Kumashiro examines various aspects of anti-oppressive teaching and learning in six different subject areas. Connecting practice to theory through new pedagogical elements, the revised edition of this bestselling text features:

    • A new and timely preface that considers the possibilities of anti-oppressive teaching and teaching for social justice in the face of increasing pressure from both the Right and the Left to accept neoliberal school reform policies.
    • End of chapter questions that enhance comprehension of arguments, help concretize abstract ideas into classroom practice, and encourage critique.
    • A sampling of print and online resources that will inspire students to further their social justice education

The new pedagogical components of the revised edition will offer K-12 teachers and teacher educators the tools they need to teach against their common sense assumptions and continue the evolution of social justice in education.


Praise for previous edition:

"Rarely does a book have the ability to capture the wide audience within the field of education; however, teachers, teacher educators, and researchers alike will find Against Common Sense a thoughtful and applicable volume." --Harvard Educational Review

"This book is an insightful and provocative must-read for all pre-service teachers, teacher educators, in-service teachers, and graduate students implementing teacher education programs. Too bad it wasn't written sooner." --Radical Teacher

Table of Contents

Foreword by Gloria Ladson-Billings

Introduction to the Revised Edition

Part I: Movements toward Anti-Oppressive Teacher Education

1. Three Teacher Images in U.S. Teacher-Education Programs

2. Preparing Teachers for Crisis: A Sample Lesson

3. Preparing Teachers for Uncertainty: A Sample Lesson

4. Preparing Teachers for Healing: A Conversation with Buddhism

5. Preparing Teachers for Activism: A Reflection on Things Queer

Part II: Preparing Anti-Oppressive Teachers in Six Disciplines

6. Examples from Social Studies

7. Examples from English Literature

8. Examples from Music

9. Examples from "Foreign" Languages

10. Examples from the Natural Sciences

11. Examples from Mathematics

Conclusion: With Hope

Afterword by William F. Pinar

About the Author

Kevin K. Kumashiro is an Associate Professor and Chair of Educational Policy Studies at the University of Illinois-Chicago. He is also the founding director of the Center for Anti-Oppressive Education.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Curricula
EDUCATION / Multicultural Education
EDUCATION / Educational Policy & Reform / General