Publication Date: September 21, 2008
This book features the most important and exciting writing from the past 15 years of Radical Teacher magazine. Focusing on the personal experience of teachers and the practical realities of teaching, the essays cover Teaching About War; Teaching About Globalization; Teaching About Race, Ethnicity, and Language; Teaching About Gender and Sexualities; and Threats to Public Education: Testing, Tracking, and Privatization . This is a must read for all teachers who are committed to creative pedagogy and social justice.
Contributors: Bernadette Anand, Nancy Barnes, Lilia I. Bartolomé, Bill Bigelow, Lawrence Blum, Marjorie Feld, Michelle Fine, H. Bruce Franklin, Stan Karp, Kevin K. Kumashiro, Pepi Leistyna, Arthur MacEwan, Sarah Napier, Bob Peterson, Nicole Polier, Patti Capel Swartz, Maria Sweeney, Rita Verma, and Kathleen Weiler.
Joseph Entin teaches English and American Studies at Brooklyn College, City University of New York . Robert C. Rosen teaches English at William Paterson University in New Jersey . Leonard Vogt is Professor Emeritus of English at LaGuardia Community College of the City University of New York.
"For the many teachers who bring dreams of a better world to their classrooms, these richly helpful pages teach us how to do our work better."
—Ira Shor, Graduate Center, City University of New York
“The radical teachers who tell their stories and present their ideas in this collection…are hoping to engage the young in inquiries that they didn’t ever imagine might interest them, and leave them wanting more.”
—From the Foreword by Deborah Meier, educational reformer, writer, and activist
“In a time of ongoing conservative attacks on critically democratic education, more than ever we need resources to remind us of what the dangers we face are and what we can do about them.”
—Michael W. Apple, University of Wisconsin, Madison
“For teachers with the courage and conviction to address the most important and controversial issues of our time, this book will be a source of inspiration and guidance.”
—Pedro A. Noguera, Executive Director, Metropolitan Center for Urban Education, New York University
“This powerful collection of essays on teaching about war, globalization, race, sexuality, and threats to public education is a wake-up call to educators at all levels: We can make a difference!”
—Jean Anyon, Graduate Center of the City University of New York, author of Radical Possibilities
“Controversial issues are precisely among the topics that young people need to learn about, explore, and debate if they are to become productive and hopeful citizens. Controversies in the Classroom is a gold mine of ideas and strategies to help them do just that.”
—Sonia Nieto, Professor Emerita, University of Massachusetts, Amherst