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Rethinking Popular Culture and Media is a provocative collection of articles drawn from Rethinking Schools magazine. It begins with the idea that the "popular" in classrooms and in the everyday lives of teachers and students is fundamentally political. This anthology includes outstanding articles by elementary and secondary public school teachers, scholars, and activists w ...more
Paperback, 340 pages
Published April 1st 2011 by Rethinking Schools (first published January 1st 2011)
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Ben Babcock
My Media, Education, and Gender prof contributed an article to this book. He assigned the article as one of our readings, but he did not make us buy the entire book, providing a photocopy instead. I foiled his evil plan to save us money by ordering the book anyway, because I liked his article and a few others he used so much that I decided to see if the entire book was as awesome.

It is.

I took the Media, Education, and Gender course for two reasons. Firstly, I needed to take an elective, and it s
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Daniel Riles
There are few books that are this good. Any teacher, media specialist, or technologist should read this book. Like other publications it contains articles written by an array of folks including the editors of Rethinking Schools Magazine. Some articles I recognized from their original post in the magazine or inclusion in another compilation, but this group of writing holds together remarkably well. This book could serve as the springboard for work on diversity, media literacy, and pedagogy. Read ...more
Bakari
Jan 09, 2014 Bakari rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
Teaching media and popular culture is one of the best ways to engage K-college students. This book includes one of my published articles about how to get students to explore the effects of media violence in culture. I don't conclude that media violence is the main cause of violence in our society, but rather it's about inviting students to explore how media violence is used to engage them as media consumers, and what stereotypes media violence perpetuates.
Caitlin Mitchell
Great read for any teacher looking to use pop culture/media to help students think critically about issues of social justice, tolerance, equality, etc. Would highly recommend this to any of my educator friends.
Jo
An important book, you can dip in and read chapters that interest you or dive in for the whole book.
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