Rethinking the Role of Education
After years of negotiating an education system dominated by the language of competition, performance, and economic advancement, students and teachers often long for something different; they seek not just measurable success but also opportunities to ask searching questions of themselves and the world they encounter. Happiness, Hope, and Despair makes an important contribution toward meeting this need. It fosters a rethinking of the nature, purpose, and value of education, and opens up possibilities for further scholarly and professional inquiry.
← 140 | 141 →A BOOK SERIES OF CURRICULUM STUDIES
Reframing the curricular challenge educators face after a decade of school deform, the books published in Peter Lang’s Complicated Conversation Series testify to the ethical demands of our time, our place, our profession. What does it mean for us to teach now, in an era structured by political polarization, economic destabilization, and the prospect of climate catastrophe? Each of the books in the Complicated Conversation Series provides provocative paths, theoretical and practical, to a very different future. In this resounding series of scholarly and pedagogical interventions into the nightmare that is the present, we hear once again the sound of silence breaking, supporting us to rearticulate our pedagogical convictions in this time of terrorism, reframing curriculum as committed to the complicated conversation that is intercultural communication, selfunderstanding, and global justice.
The series editor is
Dr. William F. PinarDepartment of Curriculum Studies2125 Main MallFaculty of EducationUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouver, British Columbia V6T 1Z4CANADA
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