Literacy as a Civil Right: Reclaiming Social Justice in Literacy Teaching and Learning (Counterpoints)

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The urgency to create equity in schools has never been greater, especially since legislators are considering the re-authorization of No Child Left Behind as a means to eliminating the achievement gap. Studies continue to show that increased standards, testing, and accountability have simply maintained the status quo. In response, this book proposes alternative ways of addressing these educational inequities, taking an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the complex historical, social, and global issues that stand in the way of ensuring that all students have access to literacy – issues that policy makers and educators can no longer ignore. Literacy as a Civil Right assembles an impressive group of essays that broaden the conversation taking place about school reform, unmasking an ideology that maintains unequal relations of power in school and society. The ideas presented here will help readers re-imagine success in schools by understanding the possibilities that grow from a democratic vision of education. Together, this book provides an alternative framework to increased testing, offering a more humane vision of education that values agency, rigor, civic responsibility, and democracy.

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"After a quarter-century of relentless pressure to reduce schooling for the poor to very intense preparation for basic exams in math and reading, American education is caught in a deadend, and most of the academic world has passively accepted the radical constriction of the nation’s educational vision. These costly and time-consuming reforms have shown little progress even in their own limited terms, and there is considerable evidence that they have radicallynarrowed education for the millions of children in the increasingly segregated high-poverty schools. In this book a group of scholars reject this simplistic approach and discuss both the broader racial and economic conditions that produce and sustain inequality, and the kind of education the children who are victims of the politics of escalating tests actually deserve and would actually be moved by. This is a challenging and important contribution." —Gary Orfeild, Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, UCLA

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The Editor: Stuart Greene’s expertise is in the areas of rhetorical theory, writing in academic disciplines, and the intersections of race, ethnicity, and educational achievement. He has published numerous articles and reviews, is the lead author of a textbook on written argument, From Inquiry to Academic Argument, and is co-editor of two books, Teaching Academic Literacy and Making Race Visible: The Role of Literacy Research in Cultural Understanding, for which he won the National Council of Teachers of English Richard A. Meade Award for Research in English Education.

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