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Education and Hope in Troubled Times: Bold Visions of Change for Our Children's World


reviewed by Julian Edgoose — October 19, 2009

coverTitle: Education and Hope in Troubled Times: Bold Visions of Change for Our Children's World
Author(s): H. Svi Shapiro (ed.)
Publisher: Routledge, New York
ISBN: 0415994268, Pages: 288, Year: 2009
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This is a time of failed educational promises and, in the world our students will enter, it is also a time that is economically, ecologically, and epidemically precarious. Perhaps as a result, this is a time when talk of hope has re-entered the public domain. Most obviously, our new President struck a chord with his description of audacious hope – hope in the face of seeming impossibility – and rode that message to his unlikely victory. But this perceived need for hope might be especially acute for teachers, as their very work depends upon belief in the possibility of a better future. In the last years of the previous presidential administration, H. Svi Shapiro attempted to meet that need by inviting a wide range of progressive educators (some well-known, but others not) to contribute essays for a book on hope. The recently-published product is an engaging read with chapters that address... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: October 19, 2009
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15806, Date Accessed: 12/14/2017 1:30:49 AM

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  • Julian Edgoose
    University of Puget Sound
    JULIAN EDGOOSE is an associate professor of education at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. His research interests include teachers’ understandings of hope, teaching, and social change, and environmental education. He is the author of many papers and book chapters including, most recently, “Hope in the Unexpected: How Can Teachers Still Make a Difference in the World?” in Teachers College Record (2010) and “Radical Hope and Teaching: Learning Political Agency from the Politically Disenfranchised” in Educational Theory (2009).
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