Education and Hope in Troubled Times

Visions of Change for Our Children's World

Edited by H. Svi Shapiro

© 2009 – Routledge

288 pages

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About the Book

"Progressive educators have always been better at critique than at possibility. This book promises not to ignore critique, but to favor possibility. It is most rare and greatly welcomed."

Richard Quantz, Miami University

"The editor argues that in a material world, depicted by consumerism, spiritual nihilism and conspicuous consumption, there is need to offer a new vision and direction in education that would promote a more harmonious, holistic values-oriented schooling that transforms persons into moral beings, who care for others…. In terms of innovative ideas and approaches to pedagogy and theorizing about schooling, this volume is at the top of pedagogical discourses and thinking."

Joseph Zajda, Australian Catholic University (Melbourne Campus)

Education and Hope in Troubled Times brings together a group of the best and most creative educational thinkers to reflect on the purpose and future of public education. These original essays by leading social and educational commentators in North America attempt to articulate a new vision for education, especially public education, and begin to set an alternative direction. This is a time of crisis, but also of renewed possibility—one that offers the opportunity to radically reconsider what is the meaning of education for a generation that will bear the brunt of grappling with the extraordinary dangers and challenges we confront today. At its core this volume questions what will it mean to be an educated human being in the 21st century compelled to confront and address so much that threatens the very basis of a decent and hopeful human existence. Carrying forward a project of redefining and reshaping public discourse on education in the U.S., it is a critical catalyst and focus for re-thinking public policy on education.

Reviews

"Progressive educators have always been better at critique than at possibility. This book promises not to ignore critique, but to favor possibility. It is most rare and greatly welcomed."

--Richard Quantz, Miami University

"The editor argues that in a material world, depicted by consumerism, spiritual nihilism and conspicuous consumption, there is need to offer a new vision and direction in education that would promote a more harmonious, holistic values-oriented schooling that transforms persons into moral beings, who care for others…. In terms of innovative ideas and approaches to pedagogy and theorizing about schooling, this volume is at the top of pedagogical discourses and thinking."

--Joseph Zajda, Australian Catholic University (Melbourne Campus)

Table of Contents

Preface

Contributors

1. Introduction: Education and Hope in Trouble Times

H. Svi Shapiro

2. Education and Schooling in the 21st Century: The Role of the Profession

David E. Purpel

3. Is There a Place for Education in Social Transformation?

Michael W. Apple

4. What Is to be Done? Toward a Rationale for Social Movement Building

Jean Anyon

5. Mechanics of Unfairness: How We Undercut Poor Children’s Educational

Opportunity

Sue Books

6. The Moral and Spiritual Poverty of Educational ‘Leadership’…and a Hope for the

Future

Ulrich C. Reitzug and Deborah L. West

7. Fear versus Possibility: Why We Need a New DEEL for Our Children’s

Future

Steven Jay Gross and Joan Poliner Shapiro

8. Capitalism’s Continuing Attempts to Dominate Civil Society, Culture, and

Schools: What Should Be Done?

Richard A. Brosio

9. Education After the Empire

Ron Miller

10. Education for a Partnership World: Building Cultures of Peace

Riane Eisler

11. Critical Thinking in Religious Education

Nel Noddings

12. The Cultivation of Children’s Bodies Toward Intricate Thinking and Sensitive

Behavior

Don Hanlon Johnson

13. To Touch and Be Touched: The Missing Discourse of Bodies in Education

Mara Sapon-Shevin

14. Worlds of Change: A Vision for Global Aesthetics

Sherry B. Shapiro

15. Teaching Like Weasels

Hephzibah Roskelly

16. Transforming Status-Quo Stories: Shifting from ‘Me’ to ‘We’ Consciousness

AnaLouise Keating

17. Disposable Futures: Dirty Democracy and the Politics of Disposability

Henry A. Giroux

18. Unplaguing the Stomach: Curing the University of California Admission Policy with

An Ethic of Communal Care and Justice

Jenifer Crawford, Nana Gyamfi and Peter McLaren

19. No Child Left Thinking: Democracy At-Risk in American Schools and What We Need to Do About It

Joel Westheimer

About the Editor

H. Svi Shapiro is Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations, University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Author or editor of a number of books on education and has also published more than 70 articles in national and international journals and writes on education matters for the national magazine, Tikkun. His professional interests include critical and liberatory pedagogies; the moral and spiritual dimensions of education; education and social policy as these relate to social justice, human rights and democracy; global social change and peace education; and qualitative forms of educational inquiry. He is a member of the advisory board of the Network of Spiritual Progressives, a member of the steering committee of Triangle Tikkun, has been actively engaged in interfaith efforts, and has a special interest in the Israel-Palestine conflict.

About the Series

Sociocultural, Political, and Historical Studies in Education

This series focuses on studies of public and private institutions, the media, and academic disciplines that contribute to educating--in the broadest sense--students and the general public. The series welcomes volumes with multicultural perspectives, diverse interpretations, and a range of political points of view from conservative to critical. Books accepted for publication in this series will be written for an academic audience and, in some cases, also for use as supplementary readings in graduate and undergraduate courses.

Topics to be addressed in this series include, but are not limited to, sociocultural, political, and historical studies of

Local, state, national, and international educational systems

Elementary and secondary schools, colleges and universities

Public institutions of education such as museums, libraries, and foundations

Computer systems and software as instruments of public education

The popular media as forms of public education

Content areas within the academic study of education, such as curriculum and instruction, psychology, and educational technology

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDU000000
EDUCATION / General
EDU003000
EDUCATION / Aims & Objectives
EDU034000
EDUCATION / Educational Policy & Reform / General
EDU040000
EDUCATION / Philosophy & Social Aspects