Inside Our Schools

Inside Our Schools Teachers on the Failure and Future of Education Reform

Edited by Brett Gardiner Murphy
Paper, 296 Pages
Pub. Date: May 2017
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-042-9
Price: $33.00

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In this powerful collection of personal accounts, successful and respected teachers from across the country reveal how recent education policies have played out in their schools and classrooms in negative and counterproductive ways, and offer teacher-led alternatives for providing equitable, engaging, and empowering education. 


In this powerful collection, Brett Gardiner Murphy has gathered together an impressive group of teachers to reflect on the day-to-day challenges and joys of teaching within the current difficult sociopolitical context. Inside Our Schools provides sobering reflections of how our public schools have lost their way, and what needs to be done to restore hope and confidence in them. The book is a poignant reminder of the crucial role of public education in a democratic society. — Sonia Nieto, professor emerita, language, literacy, and culture, College of Education, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

What a relief—and how sadly unusual it is—to hear about education and reform from the people actually doing the educating. This book provides twenty-five sobering and enlightening accounts of teaching in our time, organized under five masterfully summarized themes. A valuable book for policy makers, practitioners, and parents. — Mike Rose, author of Possible Lives: The Promise of Public Education in America

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About the Editor

Brett Gardiner Murphy is a former New York City public school history teacher with a background in urban studies and education. She is currently the director of Strategic Projects at the Posse Foundation, where she designs, facilitates, and trains teams to implement curricula exploring identity, diversity, inclusion, youth development, and college access. Brett is also the coauthor of The Storytelling Project, a curriculum developed by a creative interdisciplinary team of artists, public school teachers, university faculty members, and students to address race and racism through storytelling and the arts.

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