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Youth Activism in an Era of Education Inequality$
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Ben Kirshner

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781479861316

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479861316.001.0001

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Schools as Sites of Struggle

Schools as Sites of Struggle

Critical Civic Inquiry

(p.134) 5 Schools as Sites of Struggle
Youth Activism in an Era of Education Inequality

Ben Kirshner

NYU Press

This chapter examines schools as contexts for sociopolitical development. Can the kinds of learning environments common in youth organizing and participatory action research take root inside school classrooms? This question is important for developing new forms of democratic education in schools and theorizing sociopolitical learning processes. The chapter draws on research from the Critical Civic Inquiry (CCI) project to explore this question, focusing on the experiences of CCI teachers. The CCI teachers showed that academic rigor and action civics go hand in hand. Even in the most behaviorally strict urban middle schools, they carved out space for dialogue with students and experiential learning. Their work demonstrated the promise of public schools as sites for young people to develop as political actors and contribute to change in the climate and policies of their schools.

Keywords:   sociopolitical development, learning, youth organizing, Critical Civic Inquiry, participatory action research, public schools

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