Teaching Toward Democracy: Educators as Agents of Change

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About the Book

Teaching Toward Democracy examines the contested space of schooling and school reform with a focus on the unique challenges and opportunities that teaching in a democratic society provides. Teaching in and for democracy involves developing particular qualities of mind that teachers explore and work to develop as they become more effective educators. Some chapters open with familiar experiences in the lives of teachers in schools (working with parents and communities, or dealing with classroom discipline and management) and illuminate that “commonplace” in new, helpful, and sometimes startling, ways. Other chapters present possible interventions any teacher might make in any classroom – for example, using the arts as an organizing center and metaphor for teaching more generally, or rethinking the press of politics on our every day practice. This book foregrounds the central idea that democratic ideals are a necessary starting point and context in which to enact our teaching here and now.

  • Inspires teachers toward a larger vision of schooling and its essential role in democracy
  • Shows how to engender a positive classroom environment for awareness and learning
  • Illustrates how teachers can work to effect change through teaching, inside the classroom and beyond
  • Helps teachers in enhancing awareness and skills related to race, ethnicity, gender, and sexualities
  • Offers practical classroom projects and exercises for students
  • Authors are nationally recognized writers, teachers, and activists
  • Includes citations to additional readings, research, and resources
  • Each chapter includes focus points, classroom tools and activities, and discussion questions for use in book groups or classrooms

Quotes and Reviews

“Clear, practical, and theoretically grounded, this book provides a solid foundation for understanding that transformation of the classroom and transformation of social relations outside of school are inseparable. Highly recommended.” —Choice

Teaching Toward Democracy challenges our core beliefs on today’s pressing issues both inside our public schools and beyond them, too. The book is a must read for teachers, parents, policymakers, university faculty and their students.” —Deborah Meier, New York University

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