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Pedagogies of Kindness and Respect

On the Lives and Education of Children

Edited By Paul L. Thomas, Paul R. Carr, Julie A. Gorlewski and Brad J. Porfilio

Pedagogies of Kindness and Respect presents a wide variety of concepts from scholars and practitioners who discuss pedagogies of kindness, an alternative to the «no excuses» ideology now dominating the way that children are raised and educated in the U.S. today. The fields of education, and especially early childhood education, include some histories and perspectives that treat those who are younger with kindness and respect. This book demonstrates an informed awareness of this history and the ways that old and new ideas can counter current conditions that are harmful to both those who are younger and those who are older, while avoiding the reconstitution of the romantic, innocent child who needs to be saved by more advanced adults. Two interpretations of the upbringing of children are investigated and challenged, one suggesting that the poor do not know how to raise their children and thus need help, while the other looks at those who are privileged and therefore know how to nurture their young. These opposing views have been discussed and problematized for more than thirty years. Pedagogies of Kindness and Respect investigates the issue of why this circumstance has continued and even worsened today.
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P. L. Thomas is Associate Professor of Education at Furman University. The National Council of Teachers of English recognized his blogging with the 2013 George Orwell Award, and he is currently a column editor for English Journal. Follow his work on Twitter (@plthomasEdD) and at The Becoming Radical (

Paul R. Carr is Professor of Education at the Université du Québec en Outaouais, and is also Co-Director of the Global Doing Democracy Research Project. His research is focused on democracy, political literacy, and transformative education.

Julie A. Gorlewski is Assistant Professor of Secondary Education at the State University of New York at New Paltz. Her books include Power, Resistance, and Literacy: Writing for Social Justice and, with David A. Gorlewski, Making it Real: Case Stories for Secondary Teachers. She is coeditor of English Journal.

Brad J. Porfilio is the Director of the doctoral program in Educational Leadership for Social Justice (ELSJ) at California State University, East Bay.

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