Democratic Schools: Lessons in Powerful Education / Edition 2

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Overview

Every once in a while, with the passage of time, a classic book takes on even greater relevance. The first edition of Democratic Schools was praised by legions of education professionals for showing how to create schools and classrooms with democratic values in mind; it was hailed for its clear-eyed assessment of the important role schools continue to play in promoting democracy, its traditions, and its thinking. Now an expanded and updated edition of Democratic Schools arrives, increasingly relevant in a time of inequitable accountability-based reform, standardized assessments, and cookie-cutter curricula. Michael Apple and James Beane return to challenge reform movements such as No Child Left Behind by asserting that our schools have a vital and historic connection to the continued success of our democratic way of life.

Democratic Schools, Second Edition, shows in detail how educators can make a lasting difference by combining authentic, important lessons and a consistent, building- or system-wide focus on a critical and democratic education. Apple and Beane once more convene seven of America's most creative democratic educators for a powerful conversation about how to build an education that is worthy of our highest ideals.

The essays that made the first edition so potent are here in their entirety, each followed by brand-new retrospective insight from their writers, educators who have proven that teachers and administrators can bring the nation's most noble values to life every day. Contributors include:

  • Michael W. Apple
  • James A. Beane
  • Bob Peterson
  • Brian D. Schultz
  • Barbara L. Brodhagen
  • Larry Rosenstock
  • Adria Steinberg
  • Deborah Meier
  • Paul Schwarz.

Grounded in a robust understanding of democracy, education, and the exigencies of our political and social systems, the second edition of Democratic Schools goes beyond updating and expanding the stories of the schools it originally chronicled. It adds new material - including a brand new chapter from Apple and Beane - that provides crucial lessons for creating and sustaining democratic schools, and that once again inspires teachers, administrators, and educational leaders to adopt ways of framing their mission that can create and sustain our democratic way of life - even in these difficult times.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780325010755
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 1/30/2007
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 821,222
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

A former classroom teacher, James A. Beane currently divides his time between his position as a professor at National-Louis University and as a school reform coach at Sherman Middle School in Madison, Wisconsin. He is the author of Curriculum Integration (1997), A Middle School Curriculum (1993), and Affect in the Curriculum (1990). He is also coauthor of Democratic Schools (1995), The Middle School and Beyond (1992), When the Kids Come First (1987), Self-Concept, Self-Esteem COMMA and the Curriculum (1986), and Curriculum Planning and Development (1986). Additionally, he was co-editor ONE WORD of Democratic Schools; and edited the 1995 ASCD Yearbook Toward A Coherent Curriculum. Beane has spoken at numerous conferences, has consulted for international educational projects, and served in leadership capacities for several education professional associations.
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Table of Contents


Preface to the Second Edition     vii
The Case for Democratic Schools   James A. Beane   Michael W. Apple     1
La Escuela Fratney: A Journey Toward Democracy   Bob Peterson     30
"Feelin' What They Feelin'": Democracy and Curriculum in Cabrini Green   Brian D. Schultz     62
The Situation Made Us Special   Barbara L. Brodhagen     83
Beyond the Shop: Reinventing Vocational Education   Larry Rosenstock   Adria Steinberg     107
Central Park East Secondary School: The Hard Part Is Making It Happen   Deborah Meier   Paul Schwarz     130
Lessons from Democratic Schools   Michael W. Apple   James A. Beane     150
References     157
About the Authors     163
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