Using critical theory as a foundation, Alternatives in Education posits psychology's role in educating at-risk youth as the number one ingredient for student success. To reach and teach disaffected youth, the best psychological practices must be wedded to modern, multicultural perspectives. Alternatives in Education brings free choice and opportunity to a milieu of students and teachers alienated by competitive and hegemonic school models. Blending critical theory into the actual stories of the Wonalancet Alternative School, Alternatives in Education speaks to practicing educators of at-risk youth.
Goodman, who has worked for nearly 30 years with at-risk youth, and currently teaches at California State University, Fresno, discusses why and how to change educational institutions in the United States for today's students who, he argues, are fighting odds that far exceed those of the past. He provides a rationale for alternative education, emphasizing that juvenile detentions or prisons are not the best places for children. He explores case studies of schools that are working with at-risk and disaffected youth, and he introduces several methods and strategies, including disciplinary and educational techniques, for working with these students. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
From the Preface by Peter McLaren
Greg Goodman knows a great deal about creating alternative approaches to education through democratizing the experience and learning of students and I am pleased that teachers now have the opportunity to share Greg's expertise and his passion for social justice.