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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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Vonzell Agosto is an assistant professor at the University of South Florida in the Department of Leadership, Counseling, Adult, Career, and Higher Education. Her research program focuses on the intersections of curriculum, leadership, and anti-oppressive education in the preparation or practice of educators and school administrators.

Rachel K. Brickner is an associate professor in the Department of Politics at Acadia University (Canada). She has previously published on workers’ activism and labor rights for marginalized workers, including women and migrant workers. Her current research focuses on the activism of educators in the context of neoliberal education reform.

Brandon Buck is a doctoral fellow in philosophy and education at Teachers College, Columbia University. His primary research interests include education policy, contemporary theories of justice, and normative policy analysis. Communications can be sent to Brandon.buck@tc.columbia.edu.

Michael Burger is an assistant professor and Lead Dissertation Chair for the EdD Program in the Carter and Moyers School of Education at Lincoln Memorial University. His research focuses on developing and implementing innovative information systems to help educators manage the complexity associated with implementing student-centered, standards-based instructional programs.

Paul R. Carr is a professor in the Department of Education at the Université du Québec en Outaouais, a French-language university in Gatineau, Québec, ← 305 | 306 → which is part of the national capital region with Ottawa. His research interests include political sociology, interculturalism, democracy, transformative education, media literacy, and peace studies. He is the...

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