In these times of teaching to the test and school closures, this collection of essays is refreshing and so very necessary. Mara has worked on behalf of inclusive schools for years, so I knew the book would get the activist in me fired up and it did. Chapter 4 is a must-read for those interested in social justice for students with disabilities, but most inclusion-minded folks will love all of the stories of resistance and creativity. This book will make you want to hug a teacher!
Lost amid the debate over educational policies are the stories of the educators, parents, and students who are most affected by legislation such as No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top. In Educational Courage, veteran educators and activists Nancy Schniedewind and Mara Sapon-Shevin bring together the voices of those who are resisting market-driven initiatives such as high-stakes testing, charter schools, mayoral control, and merit pay. The diverse narrators who write in this volume confront the educational agendas that undermine teachers’ judgment and knowledge, ignore the different backgrounds of students and parents, and debase the learning process. Yet these educators, parents, and activists also offer stories of resistance and hope as they fight to uphold the ideals of democratic public education.