Drawing on his own experience teaching diverse grades and subjects, Kevin Kumashiro examines aspects of teaching and learning toward social justice, and suggests concrete implications for K-12 teachers and teacher educators.
Kevin K. Kumashiro is the founding director of the Center for Anti-Oppressive Education. He is also the author of Troubling Education (RoutledgeFalmer), winner of the Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award, 2003.
"Full of original insights and cutting-edge ideas, Against Common Sense presents a compelling case and a clear moral vision for anti-oppressive education. Enriched by Kumashiro's experiences as a teacher and in-depth examples from different curricular areas, this book is essential for anyone interested in understanding what is entailed and what it means to teach for social justice." -- Michèle Foster, author of Black Teachers on Teaching
"Kevin Kumashiro provides one of those rare voices for social justice education that is challenging, prophetic, and hopeful. Kumashiro's scholarship provides inspiration and affirmation for critical educators to advance solidarity in the struggle for justice. This evocative text will strengthen your resolve to teach prophetically." -- Patrick Slattery, author of Curriculum Development in the Postmodern Era
"An intellectually sound and inspiring work. Kumashiro brilliantly integrates theory and practice and provides teachers with a model, not only for social justice, but student achievement as well. This book is a must-read for all educators who care about students, equity, and democracy." -- Jacqueline Jordan Irvine, author of Educating Teachers for Diversity
"Dr. Kumashiro has established himself as a rising star...He is one of the few young academic scholars committed to social justice in an authentic way...I predict great things for this book." -- Patrick Slattery, Texas A&M University
"A strength...is that it provides examples from all of the major subjects taught in schools: Math, English, Social Studies, and Foreign Language...Kumashiro writes clearly and persuasively, using his own experience well to engage the reader and illustrate his arguments." -- Lisa Smulyan, Chair, Department of Educational Studies, Swarthmore College