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ERIC Number: EJ1255392
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2020-Jul
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1245
Critical Classrooms Matter: Baltimore Teachers' Pedagogical Response after the Death of Freddie Gray
Flores-Koulish, Stephanie A.; Shiller, Jessica T.
Education and Urban Society, v52 n6 p984-1007 Jul 2020
The purpose of this article is to discuss the possibilities of public education. We argue that public schools, despite their flaws, still provide necessary spaces of civic engagement. When major social and/or political events happen, young people have few outlets to discuss, process, and understand implications. In this article, we share the experiences of Baltimore's teachers after the death of Freddie Gray, an unarmed Black man, who lived in Baltimore and died in police custody. Following his death, the city exploded in protest, both violent and peaceful. We interviewed eight teachers and collected curriculum samples to make sense of how they used the public school classroom as a space of critical care, social justice, cultural relevance, and anti-racism to contextualize current events in their city. There are implications here for school district professional development and teacher education.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Secondary Education; High Schools
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Maryland (Baltimore)
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