Jesse Hagopian is the editor and contributing author to:
“Exceptional…the focus is on doing rather than shouting, and each essay in this anthology is a blueprint for civic action.” –Publishers Weekly
“Those who support public education and a respected teaching profession can find hope in the stories of resistance in this book.” —Diane Ravitch
An array of outraged, insightful, and inspiring selections, this necessary collection should be required reading for educators, parents, and students affected by unremitting corporate education strategies.–Booklist Reviews.
In cities across the country, students are walking out, parents are opting their children out, and teachers are rallying against the abuses of high stakes standardized testing.
These are the stories in their own words of some of those who are defying the corporate education reformers, often at great personal risk, and fueling a national movement to reclaim public education.
Alongside the voices of students, parents, teachers, and grassroots education activists, the book features renowned education researchers and advocates, including Diane Ravitch, Alfie Kohn, Mark Naison, and Wayne Au.
Listen to Jesse’s interview on Seattle’s NPR affiliate, KUOW on “The Record” with Ross Reynolds: http://kuow.org/post/case-against-high-stakes-testing-schools
Jesse Hagopian is a contributing author to these books:
This book dares to challenge current notions of what it means to be a ”highly qualified teacher” á la No Child Left Behind, and demonstrates the depth of commitment and care teachers bring to their work with students, families, and communities. This sequel to Nieto’s popular book, Why We Teach, features powerful stories of classroom teachers from across the country as they give witness to their hopes and struggles to teach our nation’s children. Why We Teach Now offers us the voices of teachers like 42-year veteran Mary Ginley, who wonders, ”Why would anyone with any brains and imagination ever want to be a teacher?” Who then answers her own question affirmatively, ”It’s because somehow, even today, even with all the insanity, all the rules, all the poorly designed textbooks, all the directives to teach to the test, there are kids out there who need good teachers.”
Edited by Michele Bollinger and Dao X. Tran.
In the great tradition of Howard Zinn, 101 Changemakers offers a “peoples’ history” version of the individuals who have shaped our country for middle school students. In the place of founding fathers, presidents, and titans of industry, are profiles of those who courageously fought for social justice in America: Tecumseh, Harriet Tubman, Mark Twain, César Chávez, Rachel Carson, Harvey Milk, Henry Wallace, and many more. 101 Changemakers aims to provide young students with new ways of understanding how history is written and made.
Edited by Jeff Bale and Sarah Knopp
In the first decade of the twenty-first century, a conservative, bipartisan consensus dominates about what’s wrong with our schools and how to fix them. In each case, those solutions scapegoat teachers, vilify our unions, and promise more private control and market mentality as the answer. In each case, students lose—especially students of color and the children of the working class and the poor.
This book, written by teacher activists, speaks back to that elite consensus. It draws on the ideas and experiences of social justice educators concerned with fighting against racism and for equality, and those of activists oriented on recapturing the radical roots of the labor movement.