• Written with the express purpose of filling the gap that exists between educators’ desire to address injustice and the attitudes and skill sets required to be effective in this arena. . It of helping educators to become effective allies in the struggle for educational equity and social justice. • Takes an assets-based approach by underscoring the assumption that educators are predisposed to becoming powerful allies for social justice by virtue of their dispositions, professional preparation, and role-associated standing • Includes a variety of powerful vignettes that illustrates how school environments address the myriad forms of injustice experienced by those on the margins • Includes thought provoking activities suitable for use in multiple professional learning settings

Privilege, Power, Politics, and Schooling

3 Privilege, power, politics, and schooling

Exposing the ties between the Bush and McGraw families and NCLB introduces the unsettling fact that privilege, power, and politics are rarely absent from school policy decisions. Educators who are allies in the battle for social justice know this, they go out of their way to uncover these lies, and they are diligent in broadcasting and counteracting the damage these profit-fueled, politically expedient, or otherwise misguided policies can inflict upon school children.

After considering how privilege, power, and politics work together, this chapter will make the case that power and authority are driven from two different assumptions and have two different objectives. It will conclude with several scenarios demonstrating how administrators and teachers can use ...

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