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Social Justice, Peace, and Environmental Education

Transformative Standards, 1st Edition

Edited by Julie Andrzejewski, Marta Baltodano, Linda Symcox


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The concept of "standards" seems antithetical to the ways critical educators are dedicated to teaching, but what would "standards" look like if they were generated from social justice perspectives and through collaborative and inclusive processes? Such is the central question posed by the contributors of this groundbreaking collection on the interconnectivity of social justice, peace, and environmental preservation. Challenging education that promotes consumerism, careerism, and corporate profiteering, they boldly offer examples of a new paradigm for practicing a transformative critical pedagogy. Rather than just talking about coalition building within and across educational communities, they demonstrate how we might communicate from different vantage points and disciplinary boundaries to create a broader picture of social and eco-justice. Social Justice, Peace, and Environmental Education will be required reading for educators and students who want to envision and practice living, acting, and teaching for a better world.


Winner of the Peace Consortium's 2009 Peace Studies Book of the Year Award

"A valuable and important resource for scholars concerned with enhancing peace and social justice education. … The breadth of topics presented in the book is impressive. … Social Justice, Peace, and Environmental Education is essential reading for educators and students who want to envision and practice living, acting, and teaching for a better world." —Journal for Peace & Justice Studies

Table of Contents

Foreword, Antonia Darder

1. Social Justice, Peace, and Environmental Education: Global and Indivisible, Julie Andrzejewski, Marta P. Baltodano, and Linda Symcox

Part One: Learning from Native Educators and Indigenous Communities: Transformative Principles and Cultural Standards

2. Mai i te Maramatanga, ki te Putanga Mai o te Tahuritanga: From Conscientization to Transformation, Graham Smith

3. Culturally Responsive Schools for Alaska Native Students: A Model for Social Justice, Peace, and Environmental Education, Ray Barnhardt

Part Two: Transformative Education for Human Rights, Peace, All Species and the Earth

4. From "A Nation at Risk" to "No Child Left Behind:" 25 Years of Neoliberal Reform in Education, Linda Symcox

5. Reclaiming Standards for a Progressive Agenda: Human Rights Education Standards for Teachers and Teacher Education, Todd Jennings

6. Environmental Education: From International Resolve to Local Experience and Inquiry, David Greenwood, Bob Offei Manteaw, and Gregory A. Smith

7. Education for Peace and Nonviolence, Julie Andrzejewski

8. Social Responsibility and Teaching Young Children:An Education for Living in Ethical and Caring Ways, Beth Blue Swadener and Leigh O’Brien

9. Interspecies Education for Humans, Animals, and the Earth, Julie Andrzejewski, Helena Pedersen, and Freeman Wicklund

Part Three: Integrating Identities with Global Justice, Peace, and Environmental Education

10. (Re)imagining New Narratives of Racial, Labor, and Environmental Power: Towards a Liberatory Education for Latina/o Students, Yvette Lapayese

11. Liberating Minds, Hearts, and Souls: Forging an Anti-Colonial Framework to Explore the Asian-American Experience, Glenn Omatsu

12. "A Past is Not a Heritage": Reclaiming Indigenous Principles for Social Justice and the Education of People of African Descent, Nola Butler Byrd and Menan Jangu

13. Achieving Conceptual Equilibrium: Standards for Gender Justice in Education, Renée Jeanne Martin

14. Disability Studies in Education: Guidelines and Ethical Practice, Robin M. Smith, Deborah Gallagher, Valerie Owen, and Thomas M. Skrtic

15. Queered Standards: Living and Working for Peace and Justice, Darla Linville, Christopher Walsh, David Lee Carlson

Part Four: Themes, Challenges, and Potential of SJPEE Standards

16. The Pursuit of Social Justice in the United States, Marta P. Baltodano

17. Evaluating State Curriculum Standards: A Multicultural Perspective, Robert Crafton

18. Towards a Collective Vision for Social Justice, Peace, and Environmental Education, Julie Andrzejewski, Marta P. Baltodano, Ray Barnhardt, and Linda Symcox

Contributor Biographies

About the Editors

Julie Andrzejewski is a Professor in the Department of Human Relations and Multicultural Education, St. Cloud State University.

Marta Baltodano is an Associate Professor of Education at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.

Linda Symcox is an Associate Professor in the Department of Teacher Education, California State University, Long Beach.

About the Series

Teaching/Learning Social Justice

The Teaching/Learning Social Justice Series explores issues of social justice—diversity, equality, democracy, and fairness—in classrooms and communities. "Teaching/learning" connotes the essential connections between theory and practice that books in this series seek to illuminate. Central are the stories and lived experiences of people who strive both to critically analyze and challenge oppressive relationships and institutions, and to imagine and create more just and inclusive alternatives.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Multicultural Education
EDUCATION / Educational Policy & Reform / General