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Educational Courage - Resisting the Ambush of Public Education
Educational Courage: Resisting the Ambush of Public Education
Authors: Nancy Schniedewind, Mara Sapon-Shevin   Foreword by: Deborah Meier
Product Code: 3295 ISBN: 978-080703295-4
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A collection of empowering stories bringing together the voices of teachers, parents, and educational activists fighting market-driven educational policies

Lost amid the debate over educational policies are the stories of the educators, parents, and students who are most affected by legislation such as No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top. In Educational Courage, veteran educators and activists Nancy Schniedewind and Mara Sapon-Shevin bring together the voices of those who are resisting market-driven initiatives such as high-stakes testing, charter schools, mayoral control, and merit pay. The diverse narrators who write in this volume confront the educational agendas that undermine teachers' judgment and knowledge, ignore the different backgrounds of students and parents, and debase the learning process. Yet these educators, parents, and activists also offer stories of resistance and hope as they fight to uphold the ideals of democratic public education.

Educational Courage includes four sections:
  1. "Is This What We Call 'Education'?"
  2. "I Won't Be a Part of This!"-Educators, Parents, Students, and Community Members Resist
  3. Resisting by "Working in the Cracks"-Creating Spaces to Teach Authentically
  4. "Not My Voice Alone"-Organizing to Reclaim Public Education

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Additional Readings and Resources can be found on the Educational Courage website.

Read the introduction

In the Media

Click here to read a blog post by author Nancy Schniedewind and co-contributor Julie Woestehoff on the Huffington Post about the new movie Won't Back Down

Click here to read an interview with author Q&A with Nancy Schniedewind in The New Paltz Oracle

Educational Courage is included in the "15 must-read books about K012 education in the US," click here to read in the Christian Science Monitor

Click here to read an excerpt of Educational Courage on The Washington Post's blog Answer Sheet

Click here to read a write-up in The Poughkeepsie Journal

Review   Publishers Weekly - June 25, 2012
"With this earnest compilation of essays and exposés, teachers and activists Schniedewind (Open Minds to Equality) and Sapon-Shevin (Because We Can Change the World) aim impassioned, statistic-tipped arrows at the political and corporate forces responsible for endangering the American public education system, and encourage readers to learn more about these forces. Through themes of disbelief, outrage, cooperative resistance, and activism, the authors introduce firsthand accounts from educators, parents, lawmakers, and students. The book sheds new light on this 'ambush of public education' and the opportunities for poor students living in at-risk school districts, seen here as direct results of dysfunctional policies and institutions (No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top, Teach for America, corporate-funded charter schools) supposedly designed to integrate a socially just system for students and teachers. Standout contributors include a master's degree candidate who had been denied her high school diploma because of a lone failing test score, and a public school teacher who, in a moment of hopelessness, accidentally became the leader of a grassroots campaign for reform. Though there's much to bemoan about the current state of public education, we also learn there's much that can be done."
Review   Rethinking Schools - September 1, 2012
"Schniedewind and Sapon-Shevin knit together the stories of teachers, parents, scholars, and activists who have found imaginative ways to say no and "to act with courage and hope."

"In an age when the teachers of our nation and the public schools in which they work have been under fierce attack, these are the dynamic stories of resistance—of educators fighting back against the anti-democratic forces and benighted corporate agenda that are killing off the spirits of our children…. A powerful book of intelligent defiance for which our badly battered teachers will be grateful. The spirit of activism is alive and strong within the pages of this volume. I am, personally, thankful to the authors." —Jonathan Kozol, author of The Shame of the Nation and Fire in the Ashes

"Educational Courage shows the disastrous consequences of current reforms as well as the insight and fortitude of educators whose classroom teaching and community organizing are nothing short of inspiring. You will find yourself hugging this book to your heart even as you share it with all those with whom you teach and learn and live." —Kevin Kumashiro, author of Bad Teacher!: How Blaming Teachers Distorts the Bigger Picture

"This inspirational volume documents various forms of formal and informal resistance struggles that courageously call for a reclaiming of public education as a core democratic principle of our society." —Angela Valenzuela, author of Subtractive Schooling and Leaving Children Behind

"This book helps us to be audacious in our activism and in our vision." —from the foreword by Deborah Meier

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