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Pockets of Hope: How Students and Teachers Change the World


reviewed by Terence Beck — 2003

coverTitle: Pockets of Hope: How Students and Teachers Change the World
Author(s): Eileen de los Reyes and Patricia A. Gozemba
Publisher: Bergin & Garvey, Westport
ISBN: 089789524X, Pages: 232, Year: 2001
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Pockets of Hope seeks to "offer credible and viable possibilities for transformation in schools and communities."  The authors hope to inspire others “to sustain their own pockets of hope, forge alliances, engage in dialogue, and demand more of their educational system" (p. 11).  Authors Eileen do los Reyes and Patricia A. Gozemba join series editor Donaldo Macedo in describing the book as an alternative to "the present educational reform that deforms … [with its] language of the market that calls for more competition, accountability, and choice" (p. x).   Pockets of Hope is an unabashedly political book that presents the current educational debate in terms of good and evil.  The good desire education for democracy, and the evil seek "an authoritarian and highly undemocratic educational system that trains submissive workers" (p. 5).  Some on the bad side are Ronald Reagan, Chester Finn, and William Bennett.  Those on the good side include Jonathan Kozol, Henry Giroux, and Paulo Freire.   The authors present six case studies to support their call for transforming... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 105 Number 1, 2003, p. 171-174
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10925, Date Accessed: 10/23/2017 9:31:29 AM

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  • Terence Beck
    University of Puget Sound
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    TERENCE A. BECK is Assistant Professor at the University of Puget Sound. He teaches courses in educational sociology, psychology, multicultural education, and curriculum and instruction. His research interests include classroom discourse (particularly around student questions), democratic citizenship education, and the impact of practitioner research on individual teachers, practitioner research groups, and the schools in which they work.
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