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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.
Brian D. Schultz is an assistant professor of education and honors faculty at Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) in Chicago
Table of Contents
|Preface and Acknowledgments||p. xi|
|Embracing Students' Interests for Schoolwork||p. 1|
|What's Worth Knowing?||p. 1|
|"Inverting" the Curriculum||p. 11|
|Education as a Two-Way Street||p. 16|
|Our School Is a Dump! Identifying a Problem That Needs Solving||p. 24|
|This Ain't No Schoolwork, This Is Important!||p. 24|
|Feelin' Like a Big and Powerful Grown-up||p. 33|
|Needin' Them Pizza Things||p. 40|
|Getting the Word Out: Sharing Authority in Room 405||p. 53|
|You Wouldn't Let Your Kids Come to a School That Is Falling Apart||p. 53|
|When Are We Going to Do Work?||p. 60|
|Just Like a Record Deal||p. 68|
|Seeking a Perfect Solution||p. 76|
|The Chicago Tribune||p. 76|
|Young Warriors||p. 82|
|Carr's "Savage Inequalities"||p. 86|
|Television, Radio, and Protecting the Kids||p. 93|
|Process as Product||p. 102|
|Practicing What I Preached||p. 102|
|Do You Have Any Pets?||p. 107|
|The Bestest Year Ever||p. 113|
|Nader Comes to Carr||p. 121|
|Bittersweet Final Days||p. 124|
|Justice-Oriented Teaching||p. 126|
|Negotiating Risks||p. 126|
|Needing Support||p. 128|
|Theorizing with Students||p. 134|
|Education with Authenticity and Purpose||p. 136|
|Developing Classrooms for Social Action||p. 139|
|Progressive Education in Disadvantaged Neighborhoods||p. 141|
|Complicating Good Intentions||p. 144|
|How Ya Gonna Help Us?||p. 149|
|Understanding Each Other||p. 152|
|Let Those Voices Be Heard!||p. 154|
|Enduring Achievement and Impact||p. 156|
|About the Author||p. 173|
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