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The New Political Economy of Urban Education Neoliberalism, Race, and the Right to the City

The New Political Economy of Urban Education: Neoliberalism, Race, and the Right to the City

1st Edition

By Pauline Lipman
March 21, 2011

Urban education and its contexts have changed in powerful ways. Old paradigms are being eclipsed by global forces of privatization and markets and new articulations of race, class, and urban space. These factors and more set the stage for Pauline Lipman's insightful analysis of the relationship ...

Learning to Labor in New Times

Learning to Labor in New Times

1st Edition

Edited By Nadine Dolby, Greg Dimitriadis
April 12, 2004

Learning to Labor in New Times foregrounds nine essays which re-examine the work of noted sociologist Paul Willis, 25 years after the publication of his seminal Learning to Labor, one of the most frequently cited and assigned texts in the cultural studies and social foundations of education....

Market Movements African American Involvement in School Voucher Reform

Market Movements: African American Involvement in School Voucher Reform

1st Edition

By Thomas C. Pedroni
May 24, 2007

Winner of the 2009 Critics Choice Book Award of the American Educational Studies Association (AESA) Through careful ethnographic research, Market Movements represents community leaders, school officials, and most importantly, African American working class families who have used vouchers as a means...

Critical Pedagogy and Social Change Critical Analysis on the Language of Possibility

Critical Pedagogy and Social Change: Critical Analysis on the Language of Possibility

1st Edition

By Seehwa Cho
October 03, 2012

At its core, the main goal of critical pedagogy is deceptively simple—to construct schools and education as agents of change. While noble and ambitious, it is not always realistic in a climate of increased commodification, privatization of schooling, and canned curriculum. By assuming rather than ...

Reading and Writing the World with Mathematics Toward a Pedagogy for Social Justice

Reading and Writing the World with Mathematics: Toward a Pedagogy for Social Justice

1st Edition

By Eric Gutstein
December 06, 2005

Mathematics education in the United States can reproduce social inequalities whether schools use either "basic-skills" curricula to prepare mainly low-income students of color for low-skilled service jobs or "standards-based" curricula to ready students for knowledge-intensive positions. And ...

Learning to Liberate Community-Based Solutions to the Crisis in Urban Education

Learning to Liberate: Community-Based Solutions to the Crisis in Urban Education

1st Edition

By Vajra Watson
November 16, 2011

Few problems in education are as pressing as the severe crisis in urban schools. Though educators have tried a wide range of remedies, dismal results persist. This is especially true for low-income youth of color, who drop out of school—and into incarceration—at extremely high rates. The dual ...

Critical Curriculum Studies Education, Consciousness, and the Politics of Knowing

Critical Curriculum Studies: Education, Consciousness, and the Politics of Knowing

1st Edition

By Wayne Au
July 27, 2011

A CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title 2012! Critical Curriculum Studies offers a novel framework for thinking about how curriculum relates to students’ understanding of the world around them. Wayne Au brings together curriculum theory, critical educational studies, and feminist standpoint theory with...

Rightist Multiculturalism Core Lessons on Neoconservative School Reform

Rightist Multiculturalism: Core Lessons on Neoconservative School Reform

1st Edition

By Kristen L. Buras
February 21, 2008

For nearly two decades, E. D. Hirsch’s book Cultural Literacy has provoked debate over whose knowledge should be taught in schools, embodying the culture wars in education. Initially developed to mediate against the multicultural "threat," his educational vision inspired the Core Knowledge ...

Controversy in the Classroom The Democratic Power of Discussion

Controversy in the Classroom: The Democratic Power of Discussion

1st Edition

By Diana E. Hess
March 23, 2009

In a conservative educational climate that is dominated by policies like No Child Left Behind, one of the most serious effects has been for educators to worry about the politics of what they are teaching and how they are teaching it. As a result, many dedicated teachers choose to avoid ...

Race, Whiteness, and Education

Race, Whiteness, and Education

1st Edition

By Zeus Leonardo
March 23, 2009

In the colorblind era of Post-Civil Rights America, race is often wrongly thought to be irrelevant or, at best, a problem of racist individuals rather than a systemic condition to be confronted.  Race, Whiteness, and Education interrupts this dangerous assumption by reaffirming a critical ...

Advocacy Leadership Toward a Post-Reform Agenda in Education

Advocacy Leadership: Toward a Post-Reform Agenda in Education

1st Edition

By Gary L. Anderson
March 06, 2009

In this timely and important new book, Gary Anderson provides a devastating critique of why a managerial role for educational leaders is counterproductive, especially for improving opportunities for low-income students and students of color, and instead proposes ways of re-theorizing ...

Critical Perspectives on bell hooks

Critical Perspectives on bell hooks

1st Edition

Edited By Maria del Guadalupe Davidson, George Yancy
February 23, 2009

Although bell hooks has long challenged the dominant paradigms of race, class, and gender, there has never been a comprehensive book critically reflecting upon this seminal scholar’s body of work. Her written works aim to transgress and disrupt those codes that exclude others as intellectually ...

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