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be the change

teacher, activist, global citizen

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Edited By Rita Verma

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.

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Foreword ............................................................................................................. ix Acknowledgments ............................................................................................... xi Part One: Teacher as Activist Chapter One. Introduction: Acknowledging Activism and Global Citizenship in Our Schools and Our Communities................... 3 Rita Verma Chapter Two. Critical Education, Speaking the Truth, and Acting Back....... 11 Michael W. Apple Chapter Three. Human Rights and Liberating Education: Critical Mathematics in a Chicago Public School...................................................... 21 Eric (Rico) Gutstein Chapter Four. Teaching, Organizing, and Justice: Tapping the Resources of K–12 Classroom Teaching and Community Organizing for Solidarity, Praxis, and Survival.............................................................. 37 David Stovall Chapter Five. Mapping Slippery Transformative (Service Learning) Roads.... 53 Diana Feige Part Two: Activism through Everyday Acts of Teaching Chapter Six. Teaching Social Studies through an Empathetic Lens to Understand Human Conflict.................................................................... 73 Nicole Lynne Bannick Chapter Seven. Service Learning with Darius Goes West .................................. 89 Virginia Coyne Chapter Eight. High School for Global Citizenship ...................................... 101 Tara Ryba •BE THE CHANGE• vi Chapter Nine. Feminist Pedagogy: Taking Action to Make Change............. 113 Laraine Wallowitz Chapter Ten. “It Has Your Grandmother’s Knowledge:” Native American Legacies .....................................................................................121 Diane Caracciolo Part Three: Youth Activism, Empowerment and Listening to Student Voice Chapter Eleven. Harvesting Victory: Education, Student/Farmworker Solidarity, and the Growth of an Organizing Model.................................. 137 Melody González, Natasha Noriega-Goodwin, Marc Rodrigues, Jorge Rodríguez, Marina Sáenz-Luna, Sean Sellers, John-Michael Torres, and Kandace Vallejo Chapter Twelve. Working the Openings: Youth Participatory Action Research .......................................................... 153 Madeline Fox and Stephanie Andersen Chapter Thirteen. Representin’ Mi Raza: Moving beyond the Barriers of Gang Affiliation........................................ 169 Rita Verma and Parveen Verma Chapter Fourteen. Gunning...

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