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The Legacy of a Freedom School


reviewed by Kathy Emery ó March 21, 2006

coverTitle: The Legacy of a Freedom School
Author(s): Sandra Adickes
Publisher: Palgrave/MacMillan, New York
ISBN: 1403964270, Pages: 200, Year: 2005
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Why does progressive educational reform seem so impossible? Lawrence Cremin (1964) would have us believe it is because progressive pedagogy asks too much of teachers or, as others argued, that John Dewey is misapplied and misunderstood (Semel, 1999; Zilversmit, 1993). Sandra Adickes, however, provides important insight into why Cremin and his disciples may be wrong. In The Legacy of a Freedom School, Adickes tells us the story of her journey from the New York public schools to the Priest Creek Baptist Church Freedom School and back again. Hers is an important personal story, one which contrasts the debilitating effects of the lecture-based, hidden curriculum of enforced schooling with that of a schooling freely chosen, based on questions and derived from the students’ experiences. All schooling is political. Adickes tells a story of what can happen when a school’s politics is made explicit and is part of a larger social movement. Adickes... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: March 21, 2006
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12347, Date Accessed: 10/19/2017 8:31:59 AM

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  • Kathy Emery
    San Francisco Freedom School
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    KATHY EMERY has taught high school history for 16 years. She has a Ph.D. in Educational policy from UC Davis. Kathy wrote the teaching materials for the teaching edition of Howard Zinnís Peopleís History of the United States (1997, New Press) and is co-author with Susan Ohanian of Why is Corporate America Bashing Our Public Schools? (2004, Heinemann). She is a co-founder of the San Francisco Freedom School (2005) and is co-author of People Make Movements: Lessons of Freedom Summer (due out this Fall from Common Courage Press). Kathy operates a website: www.educationanddemocracy.org
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