We Don't Need Another Hero: Struggle, Hope, and Possibility in the Age of High-Stakes Schooling

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  • Copyright: 2012-10-19
  • Publisher: Teachers College Pr

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In his latest book, bestselling author Gregory Michie critiques high-stakes schooling and provides a powerful alternative vision of teaching as a humanistic enterprise, students as multidimensional beings, and schools as spaces where young people can imagine and become, not just "achieve." Drawing on his experiences over the past two decades as a classroom teacher, community volunteer, researcher, and teacher educator in Chicago's public schools, Michie offers compelling accounts of teaching and learning in urban America. Mindful of the complex realities educators face, he portrays urban schools as they really are: sites of struggle, hope, and possibility. At a time when others relentlessly trumpet a competitive, data-driven, corporatized notion of education, the essays in We Don't Need Another Hero challenge the dominant images of failing urban schools and bad teachers. Like Michie's now classic Holler If You Hear Me, this book gives much-needed hope to new and seasoned teachers alike. It is also an important resource for school administrators, policymakers, parents, and anyone who wants to better understand what is really happening in American schools.

Author Biography

Gregory Michie is a public school teacher in Chicago, and senior research associate at the Center for Policy Studies and Social Justice at Concordia University. Chicago. He is the bestselling author of Holler If You Hear Me (Second Edition) and See You When We Get There.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. xiii
Teaching in the Undertow: Resisting the Pull of Schooling-as-Usualp. 3
All Together Nowp. 10
We Don't Need Another Herop. 22
From the Trading Floor to the Classroom: Charlie's Storyp. 30
Seeing, Hearing, and Talking Race: Lessons for White Teachers from Teachers of Colorp. 38
Fire and Water: Reflections on Teaching in the Cityp. 50
Youth on the Margins
Juan at 16p. 59
Some Kind of Justicep. 64
Ground Zerop. 68
A Real Alternative: Tragedy and Hope on Chicago's South Sidep. 79
At the Edges of a Dreamp. 86
The Bigger Picture
Elephants in the Roomp. 95
Another Path Is Possiblep. 102
The Trouble with "Innovation" in Schoolsp. 111
Race to the Top of What?: In Search of the Democratic Ideal in Educationp. 115
Notesp. 131
Referencesp. 135
Indexp. 141
About the Authorp. 147
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