Principled Resistance

Principled Resistance How Teachers Resolve Ethical Dilemmas

Edited by Doris A. Santoro and Lizabeth Cain
paper, 280 Pages
Pub. Date: September 2018
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-227-0
Price: $34.00

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Principled Resistance: How Teachers Resolve Ethical Dilemmas brings together senior scholars and activist teachers to explore the concept of resistance as a necessary response to mandates that conflict with their understanding of quality teaching. The book provides vivid examples of the pedagogical, professional, and democratic principles undergirding resistance, as well as the distinct perspective of each of its contributors: teachers who reflect on their acts of principled resistance; teacher educators who study teachers and support their professional growth; and historians who demonstrate that a tradition of teachers’ principled resistance has had a significant impact on American society, not only on schools and teaching. They also show the steps teachers take, in their reasoning and in their actions, to resist policies and mandates they are expected to enact.


Doris Santoro and Lizabeth Cain have curated a thought-provoking volume, bringing together experts who provide the context needed to understand teachers’ resistance to a school reform regime that has long neglected to take their expertise and professionalism into account. Principled Resistance highlights the disciplines of philosophy and history to help us see teacher activism as an intelligent and ethical response to unjust conditions. This book is relevant for all of us who want public schools to be equitable, democratic spaces for teachers and students alike. — Michele S. Moses, professor and associate vice provost, University of Colorado Boulder

Principled Resistance offers a provocative examination of how teachers have enacted pedagogical, professional, and democratic principles in pushing back against education practices and policies that they believe harm students, schools, and society. Educators will be inspired by the richly described examples in these chapters, and pushed to reflect on their own ethical responsibilities in a challenging but essential profession. — Meira Levinson, professor of education, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Without works like this, we cannot adequately equip ourselves as educators or even as concerned citizens when and if it is necessary to resist. — Angela Macias, Teachers College Record

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About the Editors

Doris A. Santoro is associate professor of education and chair of the Education Department at Bowdoin College. A philosopher of education and teacher educator, she studies professional and pedagogical ethics. She is senior associate editor for the American Journal of Education and has served on the board of directors of the John Dewey Society. She is the author of Demoralized: Why Teachers Leave the Profession They Love and How They Can Stay (Harvard Education Press, 2018).

Lizabeth Cain is an assistant professor at the State University of New York at New Paltz, where she teaches methods for teaching elementary social studies. Her research emphasizes teacher perspectives about good teaching and the cultivation of democratic and constructivist classrooms.

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