Disrupting Hate in Education aims to identify and respond to the ideological forms of hate and fear that are present in schools, which echo larger nativist and populist agendas. Contributions to this volume are international in scope, providing powerful examples from US schools and communities, examining anti-extremism work in the UK, the "saffronization" of schools in India, struggles to re-orient the villainization of teachers in Brazil, and more. Written by a dynamic group of activist educators and critical researchers, chapters demonstrate how conservative mobilizations around collective identities gain momentum, and how these mobilizations can be interrupted. Out of these interruptions come new opportunities to practice a critically democratic education that hinges upon risk-taking, deep dialogue, and creating a space for common dignity.
Table of Contents
INTRODUCTION Understanding and Interrupting Hate
RITA VERMA AND MICHAEL W. APPLE
1 Civility and Democratic Schools Under Assault: Engaging "Teaching Tolerance.org" as Interruption, An Interview with Maureen Costello
2 "’Hail Trump, hail our people, hail victory!’: Teaching in Authoritarian Times"
3 Collective Strength and Agency: How El Paso Firme/Strong Disrupts Hate, Fear, and White Nationalism in the Settler Colonial BorderLands.
JUDITH LANDEROS, PABLO MONTES, JULISSA MUÑIZ, AND LUIS URRIETA
4 Bomb Threats and Black Lives Matter at School: Teaching and Organizing Against White Supremacy in K-12 Education
WAYNE AU AND JESSE HAGOPIAN
5 Interrupting Hate Before It Starts
6 "Giving the World a More Human Face" deferred.
South Africa’s Neoliberalism, Misogyny and Xenophobia
CAROL ANNE SPREEN AND SALIM VALLY
7 Hate, bigotry, and discrimination against Muslims: Urdu during the Hindutva Rule
8 Understanding the Hate Against Teachers in Brazil
9 Successful Actions- Interrupting Hate Against Roma through Dialogue in Spain
10 State and Hate in Myanmar: One Lone Educator’s Resistance through Public Pedagogy
CONCLUSION Why Educational Action is So Important Now
MICHAEL W. APPLE AND RITA VERMA
LIST OF CONTRIBUTORS
Rita Verma is Professor in the School of Education, College of Education and Health Studies, at Adelphi University in New York.
Michael W. Apple is Hui Yan Chair Distinguished Professor of Education at Beijing Normal University and John Bascom Professor Emeritus of Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Policy Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Hate crimes, racial violence and right wing extremism are on the rise in the United States and in many other countries throughout the world. Education can and should be a resource we utilize to counter racial and ethnic hatred but this is only possible if teachers are armed with an understanding of how to engage in this important work. This important new book is written by and for educators who are willing to disrupt hate in their classrooms and beyond. For those who are willing to take up this challenge and who recognize that silence is a form of complicity and acquiescence, this book will be an invaluable guide and a source of inspiration.
Pedro A. Noguera, PhD
Distinguished Professor of Education
Faculty Director, Center for the Transformation of Schools
UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies
Nothing exists in a vacuum, and that includes education. It is therefore no surprise that the flood of anti-democratic, racist, and hateful rhetoric in the United States and throughout the world that the Trump era has unleashed is also affecting education. In Disrupting Hate in Education, Michael Apple and Rita Verma and their authors provide a cogent analysis of the current situation, promote a more robust and courageous vision of curricula, and offer a wellspring of hope and inspiration for teachers, schools, and communities.
Language, Literacy, and Culture
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
This book provides a timely analysis of how hate and fear have become normalised in global present day society. The book explores how educationalists and activists can challenge such hatred to rethink democracy which has social justice at the heart of its agenda. Powerful and utterly compelling. A must read for anyone interested in equity and education.
Professor Kalwant Bhopal
Director, Centre for Research in Race & Education (CRRE)
University of Birmingham
The idea of hate is not often taken up in educational discourse. When the idea of hate is engaged in education, it’s conceptualized as a relic of the past, or as a new more insidious formation of hatred. The edited book Disrupting Hate in Education authored by Rita Verma and Michael Apple however, poignantly shows that hatred is ever-present in U.S. schools and society. This book challenges us to pay close attention to the context of hatred in the U.S. while offering a clear insight into the pedagogies of disruption and social change.
Anthony L. Brown
Professor of Curriculum & Instruction & Faculty Affiliate in the John Warfield Center for African and African American Studies
University of Texas at Austin