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Working for Social Justice Inside and Outside the Classroom

A Community of Students, Teachers, Researchers, and Activists


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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FAITH AGOSTINONE-WILSON is associate professor of Education at Aurora University in Aurora, Illinois. She is the author of Dialectical Research Methods in the Classical Marxist Tradition and Marxism and Education Beyond Identity: Sexuality and Schooling, and has several articles published in Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies, Critical Education, SoJo Journal: Education Foundations and Social Justice Education, and Public Resistance. A member of the Rouge Forum educational collective, Faith lives in Waukegan, Illinois and her research interests include education policy, sexuality, and counter-hegemonic research methodologies. Currently she is editing a group authored book for advisors who work with undergraduates conducting research.

LEAH BAYENS is the developer and coordinator of the Berry Farming and Ecological Agrarianism Program at St. Catharine College. This program translates Wendell Berry’s visions for thriving farming communities into interdisciplinary, experiential learning-oriented and ecology-based sustainable agriculture bachelor’s degrees. She earned her PhD from the University of Kentucky in 19th- century American and environmental literature in 2011 and serves as assistant professor of English and chair of the Department of Earth Studies.

FOUR ARROWS (Wahinkpe Topa), aka Don Trent Jacobs, earned a doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction with a cognate in Indigenous Worldviews from Boise State University. Formerly dean of Education at Oglala Lakota College and a tenured associate professor at Northern Arizona University, he is currently on the faculty at the College of Educational Leadership and Change at Fielding Graduate University. Of Cherokee/Irish ancestry, he is also a “made relative” of the...

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