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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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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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What were once distinct professions for serving others and building knowledge are now communities of workers struggling against the tide of increasingly unregulated capitalism fed by human greed. Teachers have become education workers, joining a working class that is rapidly falling behind, increasingly silenced and becoming part of an underclass working for the benefit of a power elite who control nearly all the wealth that once supported a thriving middle class. Yet, many continue to resist and work for a just and sustainable world.

One such community that has endured for 20 years is the Rouge Forum, a group of educators, students, parents, organizers, and activists who persist in working for social justice, democratic education, and a common good. Founded by social education teachers, scholars, and activists, the Rouge Forum moves like waves that, once set in motion, are unstoppable. This remarkably inclusive group exemplifies the power of community and the urgency for dialogue among us. It prevails with hundreds of thousands of visitors to the Rouge Forum website, annual conferences held throughout the United States and Canada, and many of the original founders continuing to ride the waves of change.

This book is written in memory of Adam Renner and dedicated to hopeful communities exemplified by the people of the Rouge Forum who fight for democratic ideals and work against perpetual war, the destruction of our natural environment, and increasing poverty and social inequalities. These people who have been part of the conversation...

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