Teaching for Dissent looks at the implications of new forms of dissent for educational practice. The reappearance of dissent in political meetings and street protests opens new possibilities for improved democratic life and citizen participation. This book argues that this possibility will not be fulfilled if schools do not cultivate the skills necessary for our citizens to engage in political dissent. The authors look at how practices in schools, such as the testing regime and the 'hidden curriculum', suppress students' ability to voice ideas that stand in opposition to the status quo. Teaching for Dissent calls for a realignment of the curriculum and the practices of schooling with a guiding vision of democratic participation.
A recipient of the 2012 Critics Choice Book Award of the American Educational Studies Association!
“This book is a call to arms against the rhetoric of failure that has become the norm in discussions about US public schools. . . . It belongs in the hands of anyone interested in the state of education and the role of schools in preparing students to become tomorrow’s leaders. Summing Up: Highly recommended.” —CHOICE