Literacy with an Attitude: Educating Working-Class Children in Their Own Self-Interest

Literacy with an Attitude: Educating Working-Class Children in Their Own Self-Interest

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by Patrick Finn
     
 

The classic, indispensable guide for teachers, parents, and community organizers concerned with educating working-class children, Literacy with an Attitude dares to define literacy as a powerful right of citizenship. Patrick J. Finn persuasively debunks the time-honored paradigm for teaching poor and working-class students. Our job, he argues, is not to help such… See more details below

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The classic, indispensable guide for teachers, parents, and community organizers concerned with educating working-class children, Literacy with an Attitude dares to define literacy as a powerful right of citizenship. Patrick J. Finn persuasively debunks the time-honored paradigm for teaching poor and working-class students. Our job, he argues, is not to help such students to become middle class and live middle-class lives-most don't want it. Education rather should focus on a powerful literacy-a literacy with an attitude-that enables working-class and poor students to better understand, demand, and protect their civil, political, and social rights.

This tenth-anniversary, second edition features eight new chapters and a revised and updated original text.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
...provides a review of the best sociology that describes all of the aspects of the stratification of schools ... The book is an indispensible source of ideas.— International Socialist Review

"...this second edition provides a thoughtful analysis of how to change what many recognize as a two-tiered school system that underserves the economically disadvantaged."— CHOICE

Praise for the First Edition

"Finn's writing is so personal, passionate, urgent, and he was speaking, not writing, it seemed, directly to me ... I strongly recommend this book to anyone who is concerned about the failure of schools to educate all our citizens into a powerful democratic discourse."— John M. Watkins, Anthropology and Education Quarterly

"Finn's approach is creative and effective ... [The book] is ... very important and deserves to be read by teachers ... by parents, and by concerned citizens."— LACMF, Literacy across the CurriculuMedia Focus

"This book makes the reader think. It presents a clear account of the history of literacy which on the surface is familiar; however, the author's ability to define, compare, and contrast empowering education/powerful literacy reframes issues and challenges all complacency. His argument for teaching literacy with an attitude is compelling. It demands evaluation of the status quo and commitment to rethinking schools, literacy definitions, and instructional procedures for children as well as training for preservice and inservice teachers. It suggests productive areas of research that could contribute further understanding of the issues. And, it makes a reader think: What if?"— Mary Anne Doyle, University of Connecticut

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781438402833
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
09/18/2009
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
788,922
File size:
1 MB

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