Afterword by: Paul C. Gorski
Publication Date: October 8, 2021
This collection of groundbreaking essays brings together a diverse group of experts who are researching, theorizing, and enacting anti-oppressive education in “elite” schooling environments—that is, schools imbued with wealth and whiteness. This volume explores how those who are in a position of power can be educated to take active steps that reduce and disrupt oppression. Each essayist, writing with practitioners in mind, responds to one of four guiding questions from their unique point of view as an educator, student, or researcher: Why does this work matter? What is needed to start and sustain it? What does it look like in practice? What are the common pitfalls and how can they be avoided? Readers are encouraged to mull over various perspectives and experiences to find answers that fit their own contexts. This important book addresses the need to educate for social justice within economically privileged settings where power can be leveraged and repurposed for the benefit of a diverse society.
Katy Swalwell is a former classroom teacher and professor who currently serves as lead equity specialist with the Equity Literacy Institute. Daniel Spikes is an academic and K-12 educator. Together, they cofacilitate sustained professional development nationwide on critical consciousness and the instructional, curricular, and systemic changes needed to work toward equity and justice in education.
“I’d like to thank Katy Swalwell, Daniel Spikes, and the contributors to Anti-Oppressive Education in 'Elite' Schools for their humility, wisdom, and truth-telling. I am a better educator for having read it. I aspire to the book’s integrity.”
—From the Afterword by Paul C. Gorski, founder of EdChange