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  • Paperback: 326 pages
  • Publisher: New Press, The (August 15, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565844203
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565844209
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #627,033 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Most accessible but not limited to graduate students and faculty, this is a wide-ranging anthology of articles/readings originally published in the education serial Democracy and Education. It is an enlightening book whose topics include community building, adult literacy, empowerment, diversity education, responsibility, social action education, and writing. "Teaching for social justice" is teaching what one believes ought to be in terms of material arrangements for people in all spheres of society, i.e., reflective experiential responses leading to action. Writers represented are Michael Apple, Jonathan Kozol, Herbert Kohl, Henry Giroux, and 42 others. An extensive bibliography and a list of organizations, periodicals, web sites, and Popular Education institutes round out the text. Editors Ayers (Univ. of Illinois), Jean Anne Hunt (editor, Democracy and Education), and Therese Quinn (doctoral candidate, Univ. of Illinois) have put together a useful resource for academic collections.?Scott R. Johnson, Meridian Community Coll. Lib., MS
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ohso on December 14, 2010
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I know, I know--trust me I know: it's unpopular to support anything with the name 'Ayers' on it, or within proxy. If you disagree with Ayers and the Weather Underground, ask yourself this: Were they wrong to rebel against a war that used a staged attack (Gulf of Tonkin) for propaganda purposes? Who killed more innocent people, the Weather Underground, or American forces? Sorry, but this has to be said because I know what others are going to say...

This is a fantastic book. It is really challenging. The great thing about this book is it's a collection of tons of different teachers. And this fits in with the motif of expanding students' worldview.

Conservatives will argue that this book is for leftists and "bleeding heart liberals," but the only conservatives I could imagine reading this would be education majors. Perhaps Glenn Beck or his "researchers" might "read" this book to cite--never out of context, of course! Perhaps, even, fans of Beck might read this to try to find something "incriminating" or something tangible to connect to some sort of progressive agenda hell-bent on destroying America and indoctrinating/dumbing-down children; and they will be sadly disappointed.

But, this book's not that easy to pin down. As I said, it's challenging. The whole point of the book is to talk about how to teach Social justice properly. Never does the book advocate indoctrination. In fact, the book details the PEA and George Counts; Counts had a consequentialist viewpoint, and thought it was a good thing to indoctrinate in order to reach the desired effect. But the book doesn't advocate that.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Edward T Bolton Jr on November 22, 2013
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Being a conservative, I often buy books that will help me to understand where the "other side" is coming from. While the points of view reflected are presented quite well, They show just how far we are being led away from Common Sense and from the foundations of our country. As has often been said it is hard know what the opposition is doing if you don't know where they are at.
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