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be the change

teacher, activist, global citizen


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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Contributors Michael W. Apple is John Bascom Professor of Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Policy Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and Professor of Educational Policy Studies at the Institute of Education, Univer- sity of London. Among his recent books are: Educating the “Right” Way: Mar- kets, Standards, God, and Inequality, 2nd edition (2006); The Routledge International Handbook of Critical Education (2009); and Global Crises, Social Justice, and Edu- cation (2010). Stephanie Anderson is a doctoral student in Social-Personality Psychology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Her primary re- search interests include identity formation and civic engagement among youth and the creation of “safe” spaces by/for marginalized populations. In her fu- ture research, she hopes to utilize video as a methodology. Cheryl Baldwin is the founder of Camp Hope Leadership Development for Girls. Prior to establishing Camp Hope Africa and later expanding to the United States, she served as the Executive Director of Continuing Education for Long Island University. She holds a masters degree from Columbia Uni- versity and is a doctoral candidate at Case Western Reserve University. Nicole Lynne Bannick received her Bachelors Degree in Intercultural Com- munication from Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona and her Masters Degree in Adolescent Education 7–12 at Adelphi University in Garden City, New York. Her studies emphasized the importance of human tolerance, con- flict resolution, and Peace Education. Currently, Ms. Bannick is a Long Island middle school educator in a nationally ranked school district. She...

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