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Educational Courage: Resisting the Ambush of Public Education

SAPON-SHEVIN-EducationalCourageA collection of empowering stories bringing together the voices of teachers, parents, and educational activists fighting market-driven educational policies 

Lost amid the debate over educational policies are the stories of the educators, parents, and students who are most affected by legislation such as No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top. In Educational Courage, veteran educators and activists Nancy Schniedewind and Mara Sapon-Shevin bring together the voices of those who are resisting market-driven initiatives such as high-stakes testing, charter schools, mayoral control, and merit pay. The diverse narrators who write in this volume confront the educational agendas that undermine teachers' judgment and knowledge, ignore the different backgrounds of students and parents, and debase the learning process. Yet these educators, parents, and activists also offer stories of resistance and hope as they fight to uphold the ideals of democratic public education. 

Educational Courage includes four sections:
  1. "Is This What We Call 'Education'?"
  2. "I Won't Be a Part of This!"-Educators, Parents, Students, and Community Members Resist
  3. Resisting by "Working in the Cracks"-Creating Spaces to Teach Authentically
  4. "Not My Voice Alone"-Organizing to Reclaim Public Education

View the table of contents.

Read the introduction on Scribd.

Additional Resources

Readings not included in the book can be found on the Educational Courage website