Silent No More: Voices of Courage in America's Schools.
reviewed by Cheryl J. Craig - 2004
Title: 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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