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ERIC Number: EJ932792
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0895-6855
Whitening Arizona: Teacher Education in a Time of War against Our Students
Fernandez, Anita
Rethinking Schools, v25 n2 p49-52 Win 2010-2011
When children are under attack, teacher educators need to instill activism as well as pedagogy in preservice teachers. The author describes an incident in Arizona in which children of color and communities of color are the targets of the assaults. The incident is one of many unjust occurrences that have transpired in Arizona on the heels of a series of anti-immigrant laws and policies. It is a microcosm of Arizona's tumultuous social and political landscape, and out of this struggle educators can highlight why they need more ethnic studies, not less, in Arizona. They can use this incident to frame the necessity for everyone's story to be told in schools, not erased from textbooks. And they can use this incident to show teachers how legislation and politics directly affect their own teaching, their students, and their communities. The author suggests that activist teaching is fed by the hope that when educators act on their world in order to change it, the youth will emulate that activism and never lose faith that their actions make a difference in their community and in the world.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Arizona