ERIC Number: EJ936296
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 8
Confronting Power: Success Isn't Everything--but It's Not Nothing Either. A Response to "Beyond the Catch-22 of School-Based Social Action Programs: Toward a More Pragmatic Approach for Dealing with Power"
Democracy & Education, v19 n1 Article 10 2011
Fehrman and Schutz contend that the fine balance between having students experience real-world obstacles to social change and having them learn how to navigate around those obstacles can be achieved by having adults both pre-select community action projects that are both possible and meaningful to ensure a modicum of success, and jump in and redirect wayward efforts when necessary to get them back on a trajectory aimed at a positive outcome. I agree. I also suggest that other factors are significant as well, namely the purposeful nurturing of a sense of community and hopefulness. Finally, I point out that adult intervention and democratic teaching are in no way mutually exclusive, especially by any standard John Dewey might have suggested.
Descriptors: Community Development, Community Action, Social Change, Social Action, Adults, Intervention, Social Justice, Learner Engagement, Activism
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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