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The Hope for Audacity

From Cynicism to Hope in Educational Leadership and Policy


Stella C. Batagiannis, Barry Kanpol and Anna V. Wilson

The Hope for Audacity: From Cynicism to Hope in Educational Leadership and Policy is authored by educators who feel compelled to make their voices heard – fueled by their passion for authentic learning, their vision for the future of education, and their deep concern with the nurturing of our democracy, which they believe is being endangered by market-logic decisions in educational policy. This book is a thoughtful affirmation of the very tenets of President Obama’s hopeful vision for this nation, not mere empty or cynical critique of his policies. However, the book also challenges him to examine the contradictions in his stated philosophy and policies. The book is a plea to translate his beliefs into political action and to, thus, transform hope into reality. Ultimately, the authors express their genuine commitment and eagerness to work hand in hand with President Obama in educational reform and to attain his vision of «Yes, we can.»
Contents: Kenneth Tye: Introduction – Barry Kanpol: True to Self and the Institutionalization of a New Public Identity: It’s Not Only up to Barack Obama! – Kathleen A. Murphey: The First Step toward School Reform: Building Alliances of Consent through Deliberative Democracy – Jonathan C. Hilpert: Deciphering the Narrative of School Failure: Misconceptions about Public School Reform – Stella C. Batagiannis: Obama’s Educational Policy: Disposition of Authenticity or the Politics of The Emperor’s New Clothes – Marisol Rexach/Tom Wilson: Obama Drama: A Play among Hope, Education, and Discontinuity – Brian L. Fife: Federalism, Education, and Citizenship in an Era of Democratic Deliberation – Jane A. Grant: A New American Social Compact: Finding the Space and Compassion to Discover Common Purposes – Penny S. Bryan: Democracy’s Hope – Stella C. Batagiannis: Afterword.