Posts Tagged ‘Educational Courage’

Educational Courage on CSM Top 15 list

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

The Christian Science Monitor has just named “Educational Courage” one of the Top 15 “Must-Read” Books about K-12 Education in the US:

As I’ve told you before, I wrote one of these personal essays. The publishers, Beacon Press, created an “Educational Courage” web site for further information and action ideas related to the book. Some of PURE’s tip sheets and fact sheets, which I mention in my essay, are linked in the “Practical Materials” section of the site.

You’ll have to buy the book to find out what I wrote about Arne Duncan! It’s available from Beacon, on Amazon, and other sites.

Pre-order! New book includes chapter on PURE work

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

The book is called “Educational Courage: Resisting the Ambush of Public Education” and includes a chapter I wrote, ” ‘Just parents’ challenge Mayor Daley, Arne Duncan and Renaissance 2010.” 

From the publisher:

A collection of empowering stories bringing together the voices of teachers, parents, and educational activists fighting market-driven educational policies

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.

Pre-order it from Amazon or the BN. It will be out on September 4. You’re gonna like it.

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Julie Woestehoff is PURE's executive director. Julie's work has earned her a Ford Foundation award and recognition as one of the 100 Most Powerful Women in Chicago.