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Teacher Education With an Attitude: Preparing Teachers to Educate Working-Class Students in Their Collective Self-Interest


reviewed by Rosetta Cohen — August 27, 2007

coverTitle: Teacher Education With an Attitude: Preparing Teachers to Educate Working-Class Students in Their Collective Self-Interest
Author(s): Patrick J. Finn and Mary E. Finn
Publisher: State University of New York Press, Albany
ISBN: 0791470369 , Pages: 255, Year: 2007
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When, in 1932, George Counts wrote his famous essay, “Dare the Schools Build A New Social Order,” he assigned teachers a role in the culture and in the schools that most had hardly imagined for themselves before. According to Counts, the Progressive Education Association and its teacher-members needed to free themselves: from the influence of [the liberal bourgeois class], face squarely and courageously every social issue, come to grips with life in its stark reality, establish an organic relation to the community, develop a realistic and comprehensive theory of welfare, fashion a compelling and challenging vision of human destiny, and become somewhat less frightened…at the bogeys of imposition and indoctrination (p. 260). Teachers, wrote Counts, must embrace their political ideals and bring into the classroom a new candor and a new activism. Enormous power resided in the hands of the teachers, if they would only have the courage to use it. In... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: August 27, 2007
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 14592, Date Accessed: 10/24/2017 1:49:09 AM

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  • Rosetta Cohen
    Smith College
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    ROSETTA MARANTZ COHEN is Professor of Education and Child Study at Smith College, where she teaches foundations courses in the history and philosophy of education. Her interests are in the history of the teaching profession and in the work of John Dewey. She is currently at work on an ethnographic study of a large, comprehensive high school in Connecticut
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