Educational Courage (book)


Resisting the Ambush of Public Education


Selected as one of the 15 must-read books about K-12 education in the US by the Christian Science Monitor

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

Nancy Schniedewind teaches in the master’s program in Humanistic/Multicultural Education at the State University of New York-New Paltz. Among her publications are Open Minds to Equality and Women: Images and Realities. Mara Sapon-Shevin is professor of inclusive education at Syracuse University. Her publications include Because We Can Change the World and Widening the Circle.

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Ordering Information

NYCoRE has copies of Educational Courage at $15.00

The book is also available to order wherever books and e-books are sold.

$19.00 Paperback Original / 978-0-8070-3295-4 / 5½ x 8½ / 240 pages

$19.00 E-book / 978-0-8070-3296-1


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