Education Reform and Social Change is about addressing and changing the structures, policies, and practices of schools that differentially advantage white, middle class, native English speakers over students of color for whom English may be a second or additional language. It is also about helping people to think critically about what it is schools do and to consider more democratic, participatory, and equitable approaches.
The chapters in the text provide first-hand documentation of the voices, struggles, and visions of students, parent activists, advocates, attorneys, and educators involved in educational and social change processes. It chronicles real-life efforts of people challenging the status quo and working to build a more participatory, equitable, and transformative future.
The goal of this book is twofold: first, to consider the structures, policies, and practices that shape and limit educational change, and learning and teaching; and second, to document grassroots collaborative and creative efforts to change them. It offers a critical framework both for conceptualizing and for actualizing educational change.
Organized into four sections, this book provides a theoretical and practical framework for thinking about educational reform and social change -- one that moves from the broader structural concerns that are embedded in policy, to case studies that document activism and collaborative efforts to change school, city, and state policies, to classroom-based directions and initiatives, and to the construction of personal and collective visions for a more democratic, equitable, and just education. Each section includes an overview of the chapters, necessary background information to help the reader contextualize what follows, and guiding questions to encourage reflective thought and engagement with the text and to invite personal linkages. Two resource sections are included at the end of the volume: "Radical Educational Reform, Critical Pedagogy, and Multicultural Education: Selected Readings and Resources" and "National Organization Networks and Resources with a Critical Perspective."
Table of Contents
Contents: Preface. C.E. Walsh, Introduction. Part I: The Social Construction of Policy. M. Espada, The New Bathroom Policy at English High School. R. Rice, C.E. Walsh, Equity at Risk: The Problem With State and Federal Education Reform Efforts. A.J. Rom, School Finance and Equal Education Opportunity. G.E. Gonsalves, Language Policy and Education Reform: The Case of Cape Verdean. T. Baez, E. Mack, Reclaiming and Transforming Community Through Adult Education. B.M. Zapater, Accepting the Challenge, Unleashing the Potential: A Look at Latino Students in Boston, Massachusetts. Part II: Collaborations for Change. P.N-C. Kiang, Southeast Asian and Latino Parent Empowerment: Lessons From Lowell, Massachusetts. C. Perez-Bustillo, Rocking the Cradle: A Case Study of Linguistic Minority Educational Rights in Florida. S. Lee, D. Brugge, Grassroots Multiracial Organizing for Parent Empowerment in Education. La Colectiva Intercambio, Ways of Looking, Teaching, and Learning: A Tapestry of Latino Collaborative Projects. Part III: Transforming Pedagogy. T. Barrientos, A Window: Testimony of a "Minority" Teacher. Students for Cultural and Linguistic Democracy, Reclaiming Our Voices. S. Nieto, "I Like Making My Mind Work": Language Minority Students and the Curriculum. A.F. Ada, A Visionary Look at Spanish Language Arts in the Bilingual Classroom. S. Marcelino, Oye!! Do You Understand... Part IV: New Conceptualizations and Visions. A.M. Ochoa, R.W. Espinosa, Beyond Educational Reform: Public Equity and Critical Pedagogy. P.J. Negroni, The Transformation of Public Schools. C.E. Walsh, Making a Difference: Social Vision, Pedagogy, and Real Life. S. Marcelino, Myself. Radical Educational Reform, Critical Pedagogy, and Multicultural Education: Selected Readings and Resources.
"...makes critical theory come alive through the words and deeds of bilingual students, community members, advocates and educators. In my opinion, it is the most significant work dealing with bilingual education and education reform to date....I was enthralled reading it....this is the kind of book that educators in the fields of bilingual, language minority, and multicultural education will want to read and use in their courses to prepare teachers who work in linguistically and ethnically diverse schools and communities. I commend Catherine Walsh for putting together such an extraordinary book."
Arizona State University
"I appreciate the focus on...advocacy, community perspective, and grass-roots organizing. This book is unique in that it tells the stories of what actually is being done. It offers a view to the struggle that is not often seen, that of the progress that is being made."
California State University, Sacramento
"...an important and valuable book....it has much to offer and touches on topics which are becoming more critical in American education with the passing of each year."
University of Colorado, Denver