We Don't Need Another Hero: Struggle, Hope, and Possibility in the Age of High-Stakes Schooling

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In his latest book, bestselling author Gregory Michie critiques high-stakes schooling and provides a powerful alternative vision of teaching as a humanistic enterprise, students as multidimensional beings, and schools as spaces where young people can imagine and become, not just "achieve." Drawing on his experiences over the past two decades as a classroom teacher, community volunteer, researcher, and teacher educator in Chicago's public schools, Michie offers compelling accounts of teaching and learning in urban...

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Overview

In his latest book, bestselling author Gregory Michie critiques high-stakes schooling and provides a powerful alternative vision of teaching as a humanistic enterprise, students as multidimensional beings, and schools as spaces where young people can imagine and become, not just "achieve." Drawing on his experiences over the past two decades as a classroom teacher, community volunteer, researcher, and teacher educator in Chicago's public schools, Michie offers compelling accounts of teaching and learning in urban America. Mindful of the complex realities educators face, he portrays urban schools as they really are: sites of struggle, hope, and possibility. At a time when others relentlessly trumpet a competitive, data-driven, corporatized notion of education, the essays in We Don't Need Another Hero challenge the dominant images of failing urban schools and bad teachers. Like Michie's now classic Holler If You Hear Me, this book gives much-needed hope to new and seasoned teachers alike. It is also an important resource for school administrators, policymakers, parents, and anyone who wants to better understand what is really happening in American schools. 6 1/8 x 9

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  • ISBN-13: 9780807753507
  • Publisher: Teachers College Press
  • Publication date: 11/9/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 168
  • Sales rank: 639,132
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Sonia Nieto vii

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction xiii

Part I Teaching

1 Teaching in the Undertow: Resisting the Pull of Schooling-as-Usual 3

2 All Together Now 10

3 We Don't Need Another Hero 22

4 From the Trading Floor to the Classroom: Charlie's Story 30

5 Seeing, Hearing, and Talking Race: Lessons for White Teachers from Teachers of Color 38

6 Fire and Water: Reflections on Teaching in the City 50

Part II Youth on the Margins

7 Juan at 16 59

8 Some Kind of Justice 64

9 Ground Zero 68

10 A Real Alternative: Tragedy and Hope on Chicago's South Side 79

11 At the Edges of a Dream 86

Part III The Bigger Picture

12 Elephants in the Room 95

13 Another Path Is Possible 102

14 The Trouble with "Innovation" in Schools 111

15 Race to the Top of What?: In Search of the Democratic Ideal in Education 115

Notes 131

References 135

Index 141

About the Author 147

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