Focusing on a wide range of critical issues, this book provides a comprehensive analysis of the linkage of different educational ideas, policies, and practices to a commitment for democratic schooling. Informed by significant, interdisciplinary research, as well as by his own extensive professional experiences as a teacher, professor, department chair, and dean, Teitelbaum examines contemporary concerns related to three broad areas: 1) teaching and teacher education; 2) curriculum studies; and 3) multiculturalism and social justice. His approach is to integrate the current and the historical, the practical and the theoretical, the technical and the socio-political, and the personal and the structural. With this volume, Teitelbaum considers how schools should be organized and funded, what they should teach and to whom, the role that teachers, students, and parents should play in school life, and the need and prospects for schools and teacher education programs that foster meaningful learning, critical reflection, and social justice.
"Given the contentious nature of educational policy and practice, educational professionals as well as informed community people are hungry for persuasive, rational, well-supported insights about the complex educational decisions facing them. This book provides that clarity in a jargon-free manner. What particularly distinguishes it is the multi-disciplinary perspective on a variety of themes, put together in a coherent conceptual framework."
Wendy Kohli, Ph.D., Professor Emerita, Educational Studies and Teacher Preparation, Fairfield University
"This book is a tour de force. It is engaging, thoughtful, and filled with great insights and advice. It is also a pleasure to read, with a blend of scholarly work, career experience, autobiography, concrete examples, and literature that makes it unique as a guide to understanding education. Teitelbaum leads the reader nicely into deeper wisdom about schooling, teaching, learning, democracy, and society."
Lawrence C. Stedman, PhD, former professor, School of Education, SUNY-Binghamton
"Teitelbaum thoughtfully weaves together insighs from his decades of experience as an educator and scholar to address a broad range of issues in education. Readers new to these issues as well as those who are weary of school-bashing and reform agendas, will find in these essays ways to deepen their own critical understandings of—and ways to change—education in a democracy."
Linda Valli, PhD, Professor Emerita, Curriculum and Instruction, University of Maryland College Park
Part One – Teaching and Teacher Education
Chapter 1: Teaching Has Its Own Rewards
Chapter 2: Despite What Some Think, Teaching Isn’t Easy
Chapter 3: Reasons to be A Teacher
Chapter 4: "Work with What You’ve Got"
Chapter 5: Lessons from Alternative (Progressive) Schooling
Chapter 6: Understanding Teacher Education and Teaching
Chapter 7: Globalization, Neoliberalism, and Teacher Education
Chapter 8: The Work of Education Deans Amidst Recent State Policy Changes
(co-authored with Kevin R. McClure)
Part Two – Curriculum Studies
Chapter 9: The Nature and Value of Curriculum Theorizing
Chapter 10: Curriculum Debates
Chapter 11: Critical Civic Literacy in Schools
Chapter 12: Curriculum and Socialism in the United States, 1900-1920
Chapter 13: Everyone a Writer
Chapter 14: What About the Arts?
Chapter 15: The Value of Recreation and Play
Part Three – Multiculturalism and Social Justice
Chapter 16: Multicultural Education: A Rationale
Chapter 17: Tensions and Dilemmas in Multicultural Teaching
Chapter 18: Context and Black Academic Attainment
Chapter 19: Poverty, Children, and Schooling
Chapter 20: Class in America: What do Schools Have to do With It?
Chapter 21: The "Gaze" of Teachers and Issues of Academic and