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Written by Mara Sapon-ShevinAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Mara Sapon-Shevin and Nancy SchniedewindAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Nancy Schniedewind

  • Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
  • Publisher: Beacon Press
  • On Sale: September 4, 2012
  • Price: $19.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-8070-3295-4 (0-8070-3295-6)
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Lost amid the heated debate over educational policies are the stories of the educators, parents, and students who are most affected by policies such as No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top. In Educational Courage, veteran education scholars 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 initiatives that undermine teachers’ judgment and knowledge, ignore the different backgrounds of students and parents, and debase the learning process. These voices offer stories of activism, hope, and possibility. Though these stories describe the negative effects of the corporate-driven educational initiatives of the past decade, they are primarily stories of resistance–of educators, parents, and education activists fighting mightily to uphold the ideals of democratic public education. In doing so, they inspire others to do the same.