The Power of Community-Centered Education: Teaching as a Craft of Place
We face an epidemic of disengagement in American high schools as our institutions fail to offer meaningful and relevant ways to connect curriculum with students' emerging life stories. These students do not see how schooling, as it is presently constituted, is important to their own developing identities. One solution to this problem is to organize the curriculum around th...more
Paperback, 140 pages
Published August 17th 2007 by Rowman & Littlefield Education
(first published 2007)
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In my opinion, this book should be required text for all schools of education. As a complete overhaul of the school system seems necessary, community-centered education should be used as a blueprint to rebuild it. Umphrey's insight and experience provides the reader with an innovative outline for getting back to the fundamentals of an effective education rather than the beauracracy currently rampant in our public schools. If we teach by connecting students to the community, and the community to...more