Widening the Circle: The Power of Inclusive Classrooms by Mara Sapon-Shevin

Widening the Circle is an ambitious, impassioned argument for inclusive schools powered by a vision that goes far beyond the mutilated version of ‘mainstreaming’ common in American schools today. To Sapon-Shevin the current state of affairs is a caricature of inclusive education, reductive and impoverished, a place where every student is defined by a putative deficit, imprisoned in a label. She shows us that huge questions of democracy and freedom can be discovered in a simple game of musical chairs, that our deepest values are enacted in our everyday classroom practice. Her goal–breathtaking in its sweep–is to break through the walls of the prison, and to set us all free. A dazzling manifesto and call to arms.

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17 Responses to Widening the Circle: The Power of Inclusive Classrooms by Mara Sapon-Shevin

  1. bill clinton says:

    d-r-o-p d-e-a-d

  2. CharlieMansion says:

    The modality of the classroom and the imprisonment of the mind must be freed through a manifesto of simian-anal pseudo aviation studies. In other words, the science of monkeys flying out of my butt.

  3. Jessica says:

    Ash,
    I agree, you are quite right.
    There are many who are able to look at things objectively and not blindly accept and/or label people and institutions based on whether the media calls them a terrorist or textbooks say it’s a democracy (the best democracy ever!)
    We’re just not always so obnoxious as to shove our views in people’s faces. There are more calm and respectful ways to go about getting points across.

  4. John Janski says:

    Yeah Jessica, like Billy setting off bombs in the 70’s with his bitch wife to get his point across, right???

  5. Ash says:

    Jessica, I definitely agree with your points. There is a major difference between controlling and dominating a debate and actually having a debate…I suppose what really gets under my skin is that if they would simply read Professor Ayers’ memoir “Fugitive Days”…which could be read, for free, by checking it out from any local library I’m sure…they would have quite a clear view of what happened. I suppose that’s idealistic…but I wish people would take the initiative or at least empower themselves by informing themselves about the issues they are so passionately fighting about…

  6. Ash says:

    If these folk who seemingly hate Professor Ayers made statements based in factual information, supported their inflamatory statements with proven data, that I would be able to take their statements more seriously. I suppose that, and expecting that these people would take into account the feelings of Ayers–his family and friends– who may visit this blog regularly, is just too much to ask…

  7. Sam Pierce says:

    How about the feelings of bombing victims and their families?

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