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ERIC Number: EJ775889
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Feb-1
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1046-6193
All Together Now
Michie, Gregory
Teacher Magazine, v13 n5 p18-23 Feb 2002
Two dozen 18-year-olds from across Illinois sit circled inside a classroom on DePaul University's main campus, nestled among the pricey greystones and trendy taverns of Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood. All are fresh out of high school, plan to become teachers, and are there to participate in a six-week summer institute--part of a scholarship program--that immerses them in city schools in the mornings and educational coursework in the afternoons. This class is called Diversity, and the author--white, male, middle-class, and heterosexual--is the facilitator. In this article, he describes his Diversity class wherein part of what he does in this class is wake teenagers up a bit, push them to consider ideas they may not have thought about before and, in doing so, clarify their reasons for teaching. In his class, what matters is helping aspiring teachers begin to see schools as arenas of struggle and to see themselves as people who can bring about change. What matters is helping them understand that there is no such thing as a neutral classroom, that teaching, by its very nature, is a political act.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Illinois