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Author Finn, Patrick J.

Title Literacy with an attitude : educating working-class children in their own self-interest / Patrick J. Finn
Published Albany : State University of New York Press, [1999]


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 MELB  370.86 Fin/Lwa  AVAILABLE
Description xiii, 243 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents 1. Title, Author, and Hard-Bitten Schoolteachers -- 2. A Distinctively Un-American Idea: An Education Appropriate to Their Station -- 3. Harsh Schools, Big Boys, and the Progressive Solution -- 4. Oppositional Identity: Identifying "Us" as "Not Them" -- 5. The Lads -- 6. Changing Conditions - Entrenched Schools -- 7. Class, Control, Language, and Literacy -- 8. Where Literacy "Emerges" -- 9. Where Children Are Taught to Sit Still and Listen -- 10. The Last Straw: There's Literacy, and Then There's Literacy -- 11. Literacy with an Attitude -- 12. Not Quite Making Literacy Dangerous Again -- 13. Making Literacy Dangerous Again -- 14. Taking Sides -- 15. Mad as Hell, and Not Going to Take It Any More
Summary "This book is for teachers, parents, and community organizers who are on the side of working-class children. It's about the resistance of working-class children to the kind of education they typically receive, education designed to make them useful workers and obedient citizens. It's about working-class habits of communication and ways of using language that interface with schooling. It's about a new brand of teachers, followers of Brazilian educator Paulo Freire who are developing effective methods for teaching powerful literacy in American working-class classrooms. It's about teacher networks where teachers devoted to equity and justice find mutual support. And it's about community organizers who are bringing working-class parents together around education issues and helping them mount effective demands for powerful literacy for their children."--BOOK JACKET
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 229-237) and index
Subject Working class -- Education -- United States.
Literacy -- United States.
Language arts -- United States.
LC no. 99026086 99026086
ISBN 0791442853 alkaline paper
0791442861 paperback alkaline paper