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Working for Social Justice Inside and Outside the Classroom

A Community of Students, Teachers, Researchers, and Activists

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Edited By Nancye E. McCrary and E. Wayne Ross

What were once distinct professions for serving others and building knowledge are now communities of workers struggling against a tide of increasingly unregulated capitalism that is being fed by human greed. Teachers have become education workers, joining a working class that is rapidly falling behind and that is increasingly being silenced by the power elite who control nearly all the wealth that once supported a thriving middle class. Working for Social Justice Inside and Outside the Classroom delivers critical counter-narratives aimed at resisting the insatiable greed of a few and supporting a common good for most. The book is dedicated to hopeful communities working against perpetual war, the destruction of our natural environment, increasing poverty, and social inequalities as they fight to preserve democratic ideals in a just and sustainable world. Written by some of the most influential thinkers of our time, this collection is a tapestry of social justice issues woven in and out of formal and informal education.
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Chapter Seven: Why It Is Possible and Imperative to Teach Capital, Empire, and Revolution—and How

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Why It Is Possible and Imperative to Teach Capital, Empire, and Revolution—and How

Rich Gibson

Not terribly sophisticated 4th graders can grasp the two-century-old tale The Spider and the Fly, written by Mary Howitt in1829.1 This is the text:

“Will you walk into my parlour?” said the Spider to the Fly,‘Tis the prettiest little parlour that ever you did spy;The way into my parlour is up a winding stair,And I’ve a many curious things to shew when you are there.”

“Oh no, no,” said the little Fly, “to ask me is in vain,For who goes up your winding stair-can ne’er come down again.”

“I’m sure you must be weary, dear, with soaring up so high;Will you rest upon my little bed?” said the Spider to the Fly.“There are pretty curtains drawn around; the sheets are fine and thin,And if you like to rest awhile, I’ll snugly tuck you in!”

“Oh no, no,” said the little Fly, “for I’ve often heard it said,They never, never wake again, who sleep upon your bed!”

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