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Education Is Politics: Critical Teaching Across Differences, K-12 A Tribute to the Life and Work of Paulo Freire / Edition 1

Education Is Politics: Critical Teaching Across Differences, K-12 A Tribute to the Life and Work of Paulo Freire / Edition 1


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Here is a book of classroom practice influenced by the late Paulo Freire, who urged educators to teach critically from the bottom up against the myths and inequities imposed from the top down. In a Freirean approach, critical teaching means inviting students to examine all subject matters in depth, not to swallow facts passively. Critical teaching asks students to question the status quo, to connect academic learning to their personal context and the larger social context. To Freire, critical thinking was a social inquiry into the historical and personal meaning of any knowledge. Thus, in memory of Paulo Freire, the essays in this collection report critical practices by teachers committed to transformation in and beyond the classroom.

These teachers' ingenuity produced cross-cultural stories of what can be done with some risk and experimentation. Perhaps most of all, they show culturally diverse educators constructively taking sides and refusing to fit students or themselves quietly into the status quo. Honoring the legacy of Paulo Freire, these teacher-authors carry forward Freire's dream of making the world less cruel, and transforming education into cultural action for freedom, bringing the future to life in what we do today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780867094657
Publisher: Heinemann
Publication date: 09/28/1999
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.24(d)
Age Range: 5 - 17 Years

About the Author

Caroline Pari is Assistant Professor of English at Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY. She has contributed chapters to several publications in the field of composition and rhetoric, including Teaching Working Class, edited by Sherry Linkon.

Ira Shor has a dual appointment as Professor of English at the City University of New York Graduate School and at the College of Staten Island. He worked with Paulo Freire for a number of years and coauthored with Freire, A Pedagogy for Liberation.

Table of Contents

Preface: Two Rivers of Reform,


Multiculturalism, Social Justice, and Critical Teaching, S. Nieto

Life After Death, J. A. Johnson

Empowerment Education, N. Wallerstein & E. Bernstein

A Gay-Themed Lesson in an Ethnic Literature Curriculum, S. Athanases

Discovering Columbus, W. Bigelow

Columbus, A Hero?, M. Sweeney

Beyond Thanksgiving, R. Agoglia

On the Road to Cultural Bias, W. Bigelow

What Happened to the Golden Door?, L. Christensen

The Human Lives Behind the Labels, W. Bigelow

Tales from an Untracked Class, L. Christensen

Teaching Math Across the Curriculum, B. Peterson

Negotiating Mathematics, S. Hyde

Chicanos Have Math in Their Blood, L. Ortiz-Franco

Success and Mathematically Gifted Female Students, J. Leroux & C. Ho

Literacy, Democracy, and the Pledge of Allegiance, D. Bloome

Activism with Young Children, L. Derman-Sparks

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