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Embracing Risk in Urban Education: Curiosity, Creativity, and Courage in the Era of
     

Embracing Risk in Urban Education: Curiosity, Creativity, and Courage in the Era of "No Excuses" and Relay Race Reform

by Alice E. Ginsberg
 

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ISBN-10: 1607099497

ISBN-13: 9781607099499

Pub. Date: 01/26/2012

Publisher: R&L Education

At a time when American urban public education is under broad attack, and in which America is perceived as a nation at risk that is losing the race to the Top, educators and politicians from across the spectrum are promoting increased emphasis on standardized testing, business models of school reform, zero tolerance, no excuses, promoting cultural assimilation, and

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At a time when American urban public education is under broad attack, and in which America is perceived as a nation at risk that is losing the race to the Top, educators and politicians from across the spectrum are promoting increased emphasis on standardized testing, business models of school reform, zero tolerance, no excuses, promoting cultural assimilation, and building a standardized curriculum. Ginsberg argues that in the effort to reduce the achievement gap and mitigate the pejorative label of "at-risk," we are in danger of eliminating risk from education entirely. This is especially the case in urban schools with large numbers of poor and minority students. Ginsberg explores alternative approaches to student achievement at four dynamic Philadelphia public schools. This book provides a grounded, close look at alternative and innovative pedagogies which embrace risk through an emphasis on critical inquiry, cultural diversity, global awareness, project-based learning, collaboration, community partnerships, and student activism. The result? Schools which can nurture a new generation of students who are not only smart and literate, but can help preserve American Democracy while furthering the quest for peace, unity, equity, and social justice.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781607099499
Publisher:
R&L Education
Publication date:
01/26/2012
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
520,016
Product dimensions:
6.03(w) x 9.15(h) x 0.34(d)

Table of Contents

Preface: When RISK is a Four Letter Word
Introduction: Why Embrace Risk in Education?
Chapter One: The New Three R’s in Public Education: Relay Race Reform
Unpacking the Language of 21st Century School Reform
Chapter Two: A Mission to Question: Critical Inquiry, Creativity and Risk
The Science Leadership Academy (SLA)
Chapter Three: Courageous Conversations: Teaching, Cultural Identity and Risk
The Folk Arts Cultural Treasures School (FACTS)
Chapter Four: When Superman is Delayed: Social Justice, Student Activism, and Risk
Parkway NW School for Peace and Social Justice
Chapter Five: Unlocking the Schoolyard Gate: Geography, Community and Risk
The Wissahickon Charter School
Conclusion
Appendix A: Contemporary Educators Respond: “How would you define embracing risk in urban education?”
Bibliography
Index

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