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Critical Civic Literacy

A Reader

Joseph L. DeVitis

This book has received the AESA (American Educational Studies Association) Critics Choice Award 2013.
Do we live in a democracy? Have we ever practiced democratic education? Will our children and grandchildren inherit a sane or sick society and political order? Those are some of the profound questions that this book tackles, within a broad and evocative conversation on civic literacy in America. Amid calls for academic standardization and high-stakes testing, civic education, once a cornerstone of public schools, has been relegated to a tertiary space. The eloquent voices in this text articulate critical perspectives on citizenship education because they realize the future of our commonwealth may well be at stake.
This important and timely book is a must-read for those interested in civics, social studies, social education, social foundations of education, and educational policy studies. Yet it will also appeal more generally to all educators and education professionals, policymakers, and public officials: it is written for all those who want to revive more humane possibilities for a polity in peril.
Contents: Joseph L. DeVitis: Preface – Cara M. Mulcahy: The Tangled Web We Weave: Critical Literacy and Critical Thinking – Kenneth Teitelbaum: Critical Civic Literacy in Schools: Adolescents Seeking to Understand and Improve The(ir) World – Elizabeth Yeager Washington/Ray W. Washington: Civic (Mis)education and Critical Civic Literacy – Lawrence C. Stedman: In the Name of Democracy: Educational Policy and Civics Achievement in the Standards Era – Joe L. Kincheloe: Civics in the Social Studies: Critical Democratic Citizenship Education in a Corporatized Hyperreality – Joel Westheimer: Politics and Patriotism in Education – Joseph Kahne/Ellen Middaugh: Is Patriotism Good for Democracy? A Study of High School Seniors’ Patriotic Commitments – Henry A. Giroux: Democracy’s Promise and the Politics of Worldliness: Implications for Public Intellectuals – Elizabeth E. Heilman: A New Paradigm for Citizenship Education: The Personal-Political Approach – Barry M. Franklin/Steven Camicia: Critical Civic Literacy and the Building of Community for a Globalized World – John Smyth: Critical Civic Engagement from Inside an Australian School and Its Community Put at a Disadvantage – E. Wayne Ross/Kevin D. Vinson: Social Control and the Pursuit of Dangerous Citizenship – Aaron M. Kuntz: The Work of the Criticalist: Critical Civic Literacy and Intervention in Social Class Processes – Aaron Cooley: Mediating Education and Promoting a Progressive Civics Curriculum: Pedagogies of Philosophy, Dissent, and Democracy – Christopher Leahey: Negotiating a Parallel Curriculum: Making Space for Critical Civic Literacy in the Social Studies Classroom – Donald Lazere: A Core Curriculum for Civic Literacy? – Neil Houser: Critical Civic Literacy and the Arts – Robert Kunzman: Lessons in Conversation: Why Critical Civic Engagement Requires Talking about Religion, and What That Means for Public Schools – Pamela K. Smith/Dianne Smith: Attempted Cultural Baptism: The Bible Literacy Project’s Impact on Civic Engagement – Andrew Nunn McKnight: The Usefulness of Pragmatic Interpretation in Civic Education – Barry L. Bull: Political Liberalism and Civic Education – David Hursh: Rethinking the State: Responding to the Educational, Economic, and Environmental Crises – Jason M. C. Price: Democracy: A Critical Red Ideal – Christopher Leahey: Delimiting the Debate: The Fordham’s Attack on Democratic Values – John Marciano: Civic Illiteracy and American History Textbooks: The U.S.-Vietnam War – Joseph Rayle: Critical Civic Literacy: Thinking Systemically about Peace Education – Cori Jakubiak/Michael P. Mueller: The Allure of Corporate Deception and Greenwashing: Why Every Rose Has Its Thorn – Kristi Fragnoli/David Epstein: Opportunities: How to More Effectively Shape the Next Generation of Human Beings and Citizens – Beth Hatt/Paul Parkison: Writing to Read: Critical Civic Literacy at an Alternative High School – John E. Petrovic: The Civics of Language Diversity: Human Rights, Citizenship, and English-Only – Nancy P. Kraft: The Role of Service-Learning in Critical Thinking – J. B. Mayo, Jr.: Social Justice Enacted: Critical Civic Engagement in the Gay Straight Alliance – Linda Irwin-DeVitis: Framing Adolescents, Their Schools and Culture: Contested Worldviews – Daniel P. Liston: The Futility of Ideological Conflict in Teacher Education – Joseph C. Wegwert: The «Theology of Neutrality» and the «Middle-Class» Curriculum of Teacher Education: Threats to Critical Civic Literacy – Jessica A. Heybach/Eric C. Sheffield: (Re)imaging Activism: Educating Teachers for Change – Nel Noddings: Renewing Democracy in Schools.