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Silent No More: Voices of Courage in America's Schools.


reviewed by Cheryl J. Craig — 2004

coverTitle: Silent No More: Voices of Courage in America's Schools.
Author(s): ReLeah Cossett Lent and Gloria Pipkin (Editors)
Publisher: Heinemann, Portsmouth, NH
ISBN: 0325004714 , Pages: 160, Year: 2003
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Shocking. Perplexing. Disturbing. Silent No More: Voices of Courage in American Schools, a collection of teacher essays edited by ReLeah Cossett Lent and Gloria Pipkin, is a book that masterfully exposes the troubled underbelly of the U.S. educational system and soundly dismisses any superficial notions one might hold about it. Narrated by ten teachers (with an additional composite chapter penned by the editors), the tale chronicles the fates of educators who challenged the “prevailing orthodoxies” (p. 80) of high stakes testing, reading instruction, artistic expression, controversial issues, race, class, and gender. Even though some of the teachers won their cases and others lost, all found their lives, particularly their family lives, profoundly changed. Yet, despite endless probing, painful alienation and uncertain futures, these educators carried on. Not only did they resume their careers in new locales, they mustered the courage to tell their stories in their words, in their voices, with their emotions. Hence, their narratives of experience stand as... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 106 Number 5, 2004, p. 1020-1023
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11234, Date Accessed: 10/22/2017 8:51:25 PM

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  • Cheryl Craig
    University of Houston
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    CHERYL CRAIG is an associate professor at the University of Houston. Her academic interests include teacher knowledge/school context studies, narrative/qualitative research methods, and arts-based inquiry awareness of the Texas educational scene.
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