Literacy with an Attitude, Second Edition: Educating Working-Class Children in Their Own Self-Interest / Edition 2

Literacy with an Attitude, Second Edition: Educating Working-Class Children in Their Own Self-Interest / Edition 2

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by Patrick J. Finn
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1438428057

ISBN-13: 9781438428055

Pub. Date: 04/09/2009

Publisher: State University of New York Press

A comprehensive update of the classic study that delivers both a passionate plea and strategies for teachers, parents, and community organizers to give working-class children the same type of empowering education and powerful literacy skills that the children of upper- and middle-class people receive.

The classic, indispensable guide for teachers, parents,

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A comprehensive update of the classic study that delivers both a passionate plea and strategies for teachers, parents, and community organizers to give working-class children the same type of empowering education and powerful literacy skills that the children of upper- and middle-class people receive.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781438428055
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
04/09/2009
Pages:
331
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition

1. Title, Author, and Hard-Bitten Schoolteachers

2. A Distinctly Un-American Idea: An Education Appropriate to Their Station

3. Harsh Schools, Big Boys, and the Progressive Solution

4. Oppositional Identity: Identifying “Us” as “Not Them”

5. The Lads

6. Changing Conditions—Entrenched Schools

7. Class, Control, Language, and Literacy

8. Where Literacy “Emerges”

9. Where Children Are Taught to Sit Still and Listen

10. The Last Straw: There’s Literacy, and Then There’s Literacy

11. Literacy with an Attitude

12. Not Quite Making Literacy Dangerous Again

13. Schools and a Square Deal for Working People

14. Citizens’ Rights vs. Social Class and a Free-Market Economy: Acknowledging Conflict and Seeking Equity

15. Twentieth- and Twenty-First Century Heirs to the Corresponding Societies and a New Paradigm for Educating Working-Class Students

16. Teachers Who Agitate: Freirean Motivation in the Classroom

17. Agitating Students and Students Who Agitate

18. Agitating Parents and Parents Who Agitate

19. Scaling Agitation Upward

20. Important Concepts and a Few Lines from Les Miserables

Notes
Bibliography
Index

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Literacy with an Attitude, Second Edition: Educating Working-Class Children in Their Own Self-Interest 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
JimRGill2012 More than 1 year ago
I use this book in an English Education course that I teach, and it is an especially powerful way for students to understand how principles of social justice can be enacted through literacy and language education. Finn—an articulate and unapologetic advocate of liberal politics and economic, social, and educational equity—supports his arguments and analyses with abundant scholarship as well as his own personal experiences as an educator. He clearly shows how domesticating education perpetuates social, economic, and political hegemony, and he explains how an understanding of Paolo Freire’s theories of progressive pedagogy must inform any kind of movement to improve the US system of education. Provocative and incendiary in the best possible way, Finn’s book should be required reading for ALL future teachers.
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