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ERIC Number: EJ911455
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1550-1175
Everyday Courage in the Midst of Standardization in School
Pignatelli, Frank
Schools: Studies in Education, v7 n2 p230-235 Fall 2010
In this essay I examine what it could mean to act courageously in the midst of the troubling, disabling degree of standardization taking hold in schools. What does it take to express what I call "everyday courage"? First, there are no guarantees that one's good work will produce the outcomes one desires and is committed to realizing. I call this having a sense of the tragic. Second, one has no choice but to be pragmatic, that is, to be selective with how and when to take action in an unsure world that resists and confounds certainty and control. Third, courage requires that one be creative. I call this cultivating an aesthetic quality of courageous action. Here, surprise, ingenuity, and resourcefulness matter--even, indeed, a playfulness. Those of us distressed by the current level of standardization in schools cannot afford to take refuge in a position of absolute negation. Courageous action asks that we act with modesty and persistence as we continue to imagine ways of keeping the conversation going about alternatives.
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Language: English
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