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Spectacular Things Happen Along the Way: Lessons from an Urban Classroom



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What Happens when a teacher resists the pressures of "teaching to the test" and creates a curriculum based on student needs, wants, and desires? Brian Schultz did just that when he challenged his students from a housing project in Chicago to name a problem in their community that they wanted to solve. When the students unanimously focus on replacing their dilapidated school building, an unforgettable journey is put into motion. As his students examine the conditions of their blighted school and research the deeper causes of decay, they set off on a mission of remedy and repair. It is finally their own questions and activities that power their profound self-transformations. This moving story is a tribute to what determined teachers can achieve in the current stifling environment of high-stakes testing and standardization. Anyone who has faith in creativity, commitment, and the deep potential of inner-city children and youth will want to read this book. Book jacket.

Author Biography

Brian D. Schultz is an assistant professor of education and honors faculty at Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) in Chicago

Table of Contents

Forewordp. ix
Preface and Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Embracing Students' Interests for Schoolworkp. 1
What's Worth Knowing?p. 1
"Inverting" the Curriculump. 11
Education as a Two-Way Streetp. 16
Our School Is a Dump! Identifying a Problem That Needs Solvingp. 24
This Ain't No Schoolwork, This Is Important!p. 24
Feelin' Like a Big and Powerful Grown-upp. 33
Needin' Them Pizza Thingsp. 40
Getting the Word Out: Sharing Authority in Room 405p. 53
You Wouldn't Let Your Kids Come to a School That Is Falling Apartp. 53
When Are We Going to Do Work?p. 60
Just Like a Record Dealp. 68
Seeking a Perfect Solutionp. 76
The Chicago Tribunep. 76
Young Warriorsp. 82
Carr's "Savage Inequalities"p. 86
Television, Radio, and Protecting the Kidsp. 93
Process as Productp. 102
Practicing What I Preachedp. 102
Do You Have Any Pets?p. 107
The Bestest Year Everp. 113
Nader Comes to Carrp. 121
Bittersweet Final Daysp. 124
Justice-Oriented Teachingp. 126
Negotiating Risksp. 126
Needing Supportp. 128
Theorizing with Studentsp. 134
Education with Authenticity and Purposep. 136
Developing Classrooms for Social Actionp. 139
Progressive Education in Disadvantaged Neighborhoodsp. 141
Complicating Good Intentionsp. 144
Conclusionp. 149
How Ya Gonna Help Us?p. 149
Understanding Each Otherp. 152
Let Those Voices Be Heard!p. 154
Enduring Achievement and Impactp. 156
Referencesp. 159
Indexp. 163
About the Authorp. 173
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