Be the Change: Teacher, Activist, Global Citizen

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Rita Verma
Peter Lang, 2010 - Education - 332 pages
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This book examines the ways young people engage in action, dialogue, and activism, and how they become global citizens. The essays in the book illustrate how young people with deep convictions on how to change the world make a difference in their communities. The community becomes the classroom, and their activism the true lesson. Possible "utopias" are realized with every effort to engage in activism, to be an advocate for both oneself and others, and with each critical engagement with oppression. These young activists are the unsung heroes and theirs are the victories in current educational debates. Moving away from theoretical debates on multicultural and progressive education, this book illustrates how youth action, curriculum strategies and creative writing, service learning projects, advocacy work at community-based and grassroots organizations, and global initiatives can result in real-life victories.

"At a time when teachers are the scapegoats for all that is wrong with education, Rita Verma and colleagues push back by illuminating the critical and creative roles that teachers and youth are playing to make education impactful. The examples in this book model the possibilities for anti-oppressive activism through education, and inspire." łKevin Kumashiro, author of The Seduction of Common Sense: How the Right has Framed the Debate on America's Schools

Rita Verma is Assistant Professor in Social Studies Education at Adelphi University and received her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in curriculum and instruction. She is the author of Backlash: South Asian Immigrant Voices on the Margins, Her work is featured in numerous books and journals. Dr. Verma collaborates with the United Nations and various human rights organizations to engage educators from around the world in dialogue about human rights and global citizenship education, activism, and social justice
 

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Contents

Acknowledging Activism
3
Chapter Two Critical Education Speaking the Truth and Acting Back
11
Critical
21
Tapping the Resources
37
Chapter Five Mapping Slippery Transformative Service Learning Roads
53
Chapter Six Teaching Social Studies through an Empathetic Lens
73
Chapter Seven Service Learning with Darius Goes West
89
Chapter Eight High School for Global Citizenship
101
Education StudentFarmworker
137
Student Activists
183
Chapter Sixteen When Seagulls Cry
215
IsraeliPalestinian Dialogue
239
Students of Searington School Join
253
Chapter Twentyone Neoliberalism and Teacher Struggles
275
A Student AntiGenocide
303
Conclusion On Possible Utopias and beyond
327

Taking Action to Make Change
113
Native
121

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Rita Verma is Assistant Professor in Social Studies Education at Adelphi University and received her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in curriculum and instruction. She is the author of Backlash: South Asian Immigrant Voices on the Margins. Her work is featured in numerous books and journals. Dr. Verma collaborates with the United Nations and various human rights organizations to engage educators from around the world in dialogue about human rights and global citizenship education, activism, and social justice.

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