Surrendered: Why Progressives Are Losing the Biggest Battles in Education (Teaching for Social Justice) (Paperback)
In this dynamic book, Kevin Kumashiro offers a necessary intervention to help progressive educators and advocates take back public education. This book highlights how the broader Left (progressives, liberals, Democrats, teacher unions, civil rights organizations) are often talking about the "problem" in ways that were framed by forces contrary to the goals of democracy and justice, and in so doing, are advancing "solutions" that cannot help but be counterproductive. Kumashiro explains when, why, and how this has happened, particularly regarding the insidious nature of popular "reforms." He also dives into some of the biggest battles in education today, such as affirmative action, free speech and hate speech, bullying and violence, teacher shortages, and student debt. Surrendered offers a different path forward for K-12 and higher education by showing readers how to establish a progressive agenda, employ language, and harness evidence more effectively.
- Illuminates the power of framing and the role that language and common sense play in shaping public opinion and educational policy.
- Provides an historical overview of the conservative forces that have shaped public education in the United States.
- Examines many of the biggest battles in education today, particularly the enduring conservative framings of these issues.
- Offers progressive interpretations and concrete suggestions for movement building.
- Uses accessible language and personal stories to connect history with current debates.
About the Author
Kevin K. Kumashiro is the former dean of the School of Education at the University of San Francisco and author of Bad Teacher! How Blaming Teachers Distorts the Bigger Picture and The Seduction of Common Sense.