Critical Essays on Teaching, Learning and Leading in the 21st Century
Edited By Eleanor Blair and Yolanda Medina
1. Both parents and students complain about the lack of relevance of public education. Research identifies many successful and innovative models of schooling, for example, KIPP Schools, Harlem Children’s Zone, charters, etc. Why do you think that there is tremendous resistance to attempts to establish alternative schools for the general school population? How are these alternative programs more successful in addressing the needs of diverse students?
2. As you think about critical theory and social justice, consider what a school based on these principles would look like. What would be the aims and purposes around which this school is organized? What would be the content of the curriculum? And finally, what would be the role of assessment?
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