This book is organized around three themes: mechanisms of domination and control; pedagogies of possibility; and theory as critique. It links education with an analysis of politics and economics, and takes as central the possibilities of schools as places where social critique and the empowerment of students can take place. The authors have considered the possibilities of student resistance and curriculum transformation, and have deepened their critiques to incorporate recent theoretical analyses influenced by feminist critiques, anti-racist approaches, and postmodernist thought.
In moving from theoretical analysis to "practical" examples of curriculum transformation and classroom practice, What Schools Can Do provides both a foundation for the analysis of schooling and alternatives for teaching practice.
Kathleen Weiler is Assistant Professor of Education at Tufts University. She is the author of Women Teaching for Change.
"The articles in this splendid collection are representative of some of the best work currently undertaken in the critical educational field. I highly recommend this book to all teachers, researchers, administrators and cultural workers interested in transforming current teaching practices and exercising leadership in both school and social reform." — Peter L. McLaren, Miami University of Ohio