1st Edition

Challenging the Cult of Self-Esteem in Education
Education, Psychology, and the Subaltern Self

ISBN 9780367887544
Published December 10, 2019 by Routledge
148 Pages

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Book Description

In this book, Bergeron demonstrates the negative emotional and pedagogical repercussions that result from American educators’ embrace of self-esteem and the dogma surrounding its acceptance. Critically interpreting the meaning of self-esteem in education, he challenges "common sense" assumptions surrounding this notion and questions the historical, political, philosophical, and pedagogical forces that have shaped this psychological construct in education. Interrogating the pedagogical practices linked to student empowerment, self-determination, and social agency in the classroom, Bergeron discusses the ways in which the promise of self-esteem has backfired, particularly for marginalized and impoverished students.

Table of Contents

1. Self-Esteem as Common Sense 2. The History and Politics of Self-Esteem 3. Self-Esteem and its Colonizing Impact 4. Self-Esteem Curriculum as Epistimicides 5. An Act of Armed Love: Curriculum for Social Agency, Empowerment, and Self-Determination

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Kenzo E. Bergeron is a fifth-grade teacher at Willows Community School, California, and former researcher at Loyola Marymount University, USA.