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New issue of Critical Education: “Dialogic Pedagogy: : Looking to Mikhail Bakhtin for Alternatives to Standards Period Teaching Practices”

Critical Education has just published a new issue.

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A Dialogic Pedagogy: Looking to Mikhail Bakhtin for Alternatives to Standards Period Teaching Practices
Trevor Thomas Stewart

Instructional practices in American schools have become increasingly standardized over the last quarter century. This increase in standardization has resulted in a decrease in opportunities for teachers to engage in student-centered instructional practices. This article discusses how the theories of Mikhail Bakhtin can serve as the foundation for educators who are seeking alternatives to standards period teaching practices. A Bakhtinian view of language can be the basis for the creation of a dialogic pedagogy, which can help teachers and students navigate the complexities of teaching and learning in the secondary English classroom. More importantly, perhaps, Bakhtin’s theories can serve as a framework on which educators might build their arguments supporting the implementation of alternatives to standards period skill and drill instructional activities.

Forthcoming articles from Critical Education include:

Erica Frankenberg & Genevieve Siegel-Hawley:
A Separate Education: The Segregation of American Students and Teachers

Nicole R. Harper:
Education Beyond Institutionalization: Learning Outside of the Formal Curriculum

Cory D Maley:
Meet Them At The Plate: Reflections On The Eating Of Animals And The Role Of Education Therein

Jacqueline Darvin:
Teaching Critical Literacy Using Cultural and Political Vignette

Battleground Schools

Please pardon this tooting-my-own-horn moment, but I’m very proud that Battleground: Schools, which I co-edited with Sandra Mathison, has won the 2010 Critics Choice Book Award from the American Educational Studies Association.

Battleground: Schools, which is published by Greenwood Press, was truly a collaborative effort as Sandra and I worked with—and learned a great deal from—the 118 contributors who produced 93 essays, which provide historically situated descriptions of the most salient controversies in schooling during the past century. Never before has such a pre-eminent and diverse group of scholarly perspectives been combined in one collection. The authors each have demonstrated through their publications and research their prominence in their particular area. Many are award-winning scholars. Some are practitioners. No single ideology prevails.

The essays are arranged alphabetically by topic. Each essay summarizes the nature of the controversy, including major players and events relevant to the topic. In a number of cases, timelines of critical events are included. And each essay concludes with readings for further investigation of the topic. The volume concludes with a general bibliography of works that address the topics covered.

You can download a PDF of the front matter of the book here, which includes the Contents, Guide to Related Topics, Preface, and Introduction to the book.

Rouge Forum News #17: Call for submissions (articles, poetry, art)

The Rouge Forum is a group of educators, students, and parents seeking a democratic society. We are concerned about questions like these: How can we teach against racism, national chauvinism and sexism in an increasingly authoritarian and undemocratic society? How can we gain enough real power to keep our ideals and still teach—or learn? Whose interests shall school serve in a society that is ever more unequal? We are both research and action oriented. We want to learn about equality, democracy and social justice as we simultaneously struggle to bring into practice our present understanding of what that is. We seek to build a caring inclusive community which understands that an injury to one is an injury to all. At the same time, our caring community is going to need to deal decisively with an opposition that is sometimes ruthless.

For the next issue of the Rouge Forum News, we invite essays, poetry and art from students from kindergarten through graduate school. Grad students, looking for an outlet for a working paper that you would eventually like to turn into a peer-reviewed article? Send it to us for publication and feedback in the Rouge Forum News. High school students, have a piece of poetry or drawing or comic strip that you’d like to get out to 4000 readers? Send it to us for publication in the Rouge Forum News. K-12 teachers and professors, received a good paper at the end of the spring term? Encourage your students to submit it to the Rouge Forum News.

Please send your submissions via a Microsoft word attachment to . Deadline is September 1.

Issue 17 will be published in the fall 2010. Visit for past issues of the Rouge Forum News and other information about the Rouge Forum.

Critical Education publishes review of Whitewashing War: Historical Myth, Corporate Textbooks and the Possibilities of Democratic Education


Critical Education has just published a new issue. Check out Perry Marker’s essay review of Christopher R. Leahey’s book, Whitewashing War: Historical Myth, Corporate Textbooks and the Possibilities of Democratic Education.

MLB 2010 Prognostications


MLB predictions from five of the most knowledgeable and bias baseball experts in North America and the Caribbean.

1. The Unassailable 2010 MLB Picks from Just North of the Border:

[Never, ever, start with the AL]
NL East
Philadelphia Phillies (They are monsters, pitch, hit, hit with power, Da Champs)
Atlanta Braves (Jason Heyward, rookie of the year; Braves give manager Bobby Cox a nice run in his last year)
New York Mets (Suck)
Florida Marlins (Good hit; only average pitching)
Washington Nationals (Even Stephen Straussburg can’t save this pitching staff)

NL Central
St. Louis Cardinals (Should probably pick em to battle with the Phillies, but I hate LaRussa)
Chicago Cubs (Could be the wild card, but lots of “ifs”; A plus that Milton Bradley is gone)
Milwaukee Brewers (Will play .500 ball and be third in the Central agin)
Cincinnati Reds (Chapman got the big contract, but can these guys hit?)
Houston Astros (Play in a bandbox but can’t hit it out)
Pittsburgh Pirates (Those are really cool statues outside PNC Park)

NL West
Colorado Rockies (Speedy and powerful, plus decent pitching)
Los Angeles Dodgers (Manny, will he be weird and good or weird and bad?)
San Francisco Giants (First class pitching, but last year lowest OBP and only 122 homers)
San Diego Padres (Give me a break, camo unis?)
Arizona Diamondbacks (Lot’s of candidates for the bounce-back award)

AL East
New York Yanquis (They are like capitalism, I’ve got nothing good to say about them)
Tampa Bay Rays (Should have the guts to pick em to beat the Yanquis, love Carl Crawford; Soriano will be big time help)
Boston Red Sox (I’m tired of these guys, especially Papelbon, if it’s between NY and Bosox I’ll watch soccer)
Toronto Blue Jays (Cito will never get these guys going)
Baltimore Orioles (Love Boogs BBQ, but not much else to like in Balto…ceptin’ “The Wire”, sorry Kev and Larry)

AL Central
Minnesota Twins (Out of the horrid HHH dome and on to the AL pennant and these boys can hit)
Chicago White Sox (Lot’s of pitching but not enough pop)
Detroit Tigers (Damon helps the offense, but not enough)
Cleveland Indians (Worst pitching in baseball from the team that’s traded away two recent Cy Young winners)
Kansas City Royals (Good young core, on the upswing but not there yet. I picked em below the Tribe to help Perry feel better when he talks baseball with Marty in April…”See Wayne thinks the Tribe is better than KC!”)

AL West
Seattle Mariners (Cliff Lee and Felix Hernandez, take that)
Los Angeles Angels (Figgins and Lackey are gone)
Texas Rangers (Wish I could pick em last, just based on past ownership, but the A’s are that bad)
Oakland A’s (Why on earth did Mr. and Mrs. Crisp name their kid “Coco”? Their No. 1 starter, Ben Sheets, missed all of ’09; has made 30 starts once since ’05.)

NL Pennant: Phillies
AL Pennant: Twins
WS Champs: Phillies

NL MVP: Albert Pujols (StL)
AL MVP: Evan Langoria (TB)

NL Cy Young: Roy Halladay (PHL)
AL Cy Young: Justin Verlander (DET)

NL Rookie: Jason Heyward (ATL)
AL Rookie: Wade Davis (TB)

2. MLB Picks from The Edge of the Continent:

AL East
Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay will surprise and mercilessly stomp the Yankees into oblivion (or at least second place). I hate the Fucking Yankees. Toronto will be a surprise with their young, solid prospects.

AL Central
Kansas City

It hurts me deeply to pick The Tribe last. They are but a shadow of the 2007 team that was one game from the World Series. The ownership in Cleveland is back to their 60’s and 70s style: CHEAP! So it will be a long year. Shin -Soo Choo will be an all star. Sizemore will comeback after injury. Pitching is dismal. Carmona is a head case. The Twins may win it all this year.

AL West
Los Angeles

This may end up being a very competitive division in the AL. The A’s may surprise but will fall short. Milton Bradley will be tamed by the presence of the great Ken Griffey Jr. Cliff Lee may win 30 games if he is healthy.

NL East

The weakest division in all of baseball. It’s the Phillies and no one else. They could win this division by 15 games. No one else has game in this division. Atlanta is the only hope here to give the Phillies some competition. Will the Nationals (they need to put image of the the Capitol on their hats) win 55 games? It’s over by May 1st in this division. Only two teams over 500 in this division.

NL Central
St Louis

St. Louis will be just good enough to hold off the Cubs. The winner of this vision will win no more than 86 games; the weakest division winner in baseball. LaRussa is overrated. The Reds and Brewers may surprise a lot of teams and win some games. One of these two teams will finish over 500.

NL West
Los Angeles
San Francisco
San Diego

Another weak division. I hate to say it, but the Dodgers will end up on top of this mediocre group. The Giants have great pitching and no hitting. A lot of 2-1, 3-2, 5-4 losses are in their future. Giants fans will be jumping off the Golden Gate by July 4th. The Rockies may surprise the Dodgers. San Diego needs to dump the camouflage uniforms, then I’ll pick them higher.

American League Wild Card Team
New York

National League Wild Card Team
Chicago Cubs

Twins over the Yankees
Rays over Angels

Phillies over the Cardinals
Los Angeles over Cubs

Rays over Twins

Phillies over Los Angeles

World Series
Phillies over the Rays

AL MVP: Evan Longhoria, Rays
NL MVP: Albert Pujhols, Cardinals

Cy Young – AL: Cliff Lee – Mariners
Cy Young – NL: Chad Billingsley, Dodgers

3. MLB Picks 2010 by Himself (aka The Ethnarch of Puce; aka Del Cerro Bad Boy)

Well, I cannot stand the fucking Yankees either and hope that, well, I cannot say what I hope as the Michigan case now shows that the Sedition Laws are firmly in place.

But, here are my picks, having been humbled last year. Except everything I said last year was right. I stick to my premise of being the fairest of fair weather fans, especially since I just attended the LAST big league Spring training game ever at Hi Corbett field in Tucson, the Diamondbacks and Rockies left after demanding a billion dollar stadium from Tucson, moved to that desert horror, Phoenix, so I shall root for the game which is better than the people who own it and many of the people who play it too. Up the Lake Elsinore Storm, sez me!

AL East
Yankos (I cannot stand it and hope OBL changes this)
Rays (they restore the Devil name and it works)
Red Sox (losing Tiger Damon ruined ‘em)
Orioles (Baltimore, whadda pit)
Blue Jays (Canada hits bottom after the Olympic Crosby Nightmare)

AL Central
Tigers (a homer call if ever there was one but Cabrera is sober, Willis may not be crazy, Damon might have another winner’s year, the rookies Might come through, yadayada)
Twinkies (how do they do it??)
White Sox
Indians (river catches fire again but Indians do not)
Royals (killed off half the schools so what is left?)

AL West
Rangers (sheer guesswork)
Angels (LA is simply in the way and that is all that is worth knowing about it)

NL East
Phillies (the only real team in this league this year)
Mets (playing over their heads)
Nationals (that boy from San Diego will come up and help, but not enough)

NL Central
Cards (Bob Gibson reborn in Wainright and Carpenter)
Pirates (pity the Pirates, Somalis are doing better than the Pitts boys)

NL West
San Diego (homer surprise! total speed Go go Pads –in camo! with flyovers! )
Rockies (my guess is injuries as the boys are not really better)
Giants (because I like to see Bochy chew his hat)



WS Winners –Bless those boys, it is a Tiger Year!!!!

It is 68 all over again! A great year! Woo hoo!

AL MVP–Tigers Cabrera
NL MVP–Pujols

AL Cy Young—Verlander The Tiger
NL Cy Young—Wainwright Cards

4. From somewhere deep in the middle of Pennsylvania a Yanqui fan?:

How could such smart people be so dumb about baseball.

Yankees get 28th by beating the Rockies, who beat the Cards and the Braves. Joe’s boys beat Rays after beating the Twins.

Mets, Nats, Pirates, Stros, Diamondbacks, Padres, Os, Blue Jays, Cleveland, Royals, and As are no longer really trying to win or play baseball in some cases. There must be a salary cap in baseball after Jeter retires this Fall in order to become Governor of NY.







Jeter finally gets his MVP and then they break the mold in both leagues because Pujois is found to taking HGH or is that Arod?

No rookies of the year because the Yankees don’t play rookies. So why give awards away.

Halliday is DL after July sinking the wins.

5. Caribbean via the Charm City predictions for MLB 2010

Good morning all: Now for the correct predictions 🙂

First, as a native Baltimorean, a born and bred, livelong Orioles fan and a former longtime resident of Arizona, I am happy for a number of reasons: 1. The NFL season is less than 6 mos away; 2. Brian Matusz; 3. That the D’backs (my 2nd team) sent WR Anquan Boldin to the Ravens (good for Baltimore, a killer for AZ), and 4. That I live in Barbados 🙂

AL East
New Yankees (AL Pennant)
Boston Red Sox (Wild Card)
Tampa Bay Rays
Baltimore Orioles
Toronto Blue Jays

AL Central
Minnesota Twins
Chicago White Sox
Detroit Tigers
Cleveland Indians
Kansas City Royals

AL West
Texas Rangers
L.A. Angels
Seattle Mariners
Oakland A’s

NL East
Philadelphia Phillies (NL Pennant)
Atlanta Braves (Wild Card)
New York Mets
Florida Marlins
Washington Nationals

NL Central
St. Louis Cardinals
Cincinnati Reds
Chicago Cubs
Milwaukee Brewers
Pittsburgh Pirates
Houston Astros

NL West
Colorado Rockies
L.A. Dodgers
Arizona Diamondbacks
San Francisco Giants
San Diego Padres

AL Wild Card: Red Sox AL MVP: Joe Mauer (Twins) AL Cy Young: Felix Hernandez (Mariners) AL ROY: Brian Matusz (Orioles!!!!!!)

NL Wild Card: Braves NL MVP: Albert Pujols (Cardinals) NL Cy Young: Roy Halladay (Phillies)
NL ROY: Jason Hayward (Braves)

WORLD SERIES: Yankees over Phillies

Socializing NASCAR is the best idea I’ve heard! Let’s go racin’ boys….

Call for papers: Feminism and Marxism: Reassessments and Reports

Call for Papers for a Special Theme Issue on Feminism and Marxism: Reassessments and Reports

New Proposals calls for submissions for a special issue that will be dedicated to taking stock of intersections between feminism and marxism. A valuable series of publications on this debate appeared in the 1970s and 1980s.

We are interested in full-length articles (normally 3,500 to 10,000 words) as well as shorter comments and arguments (up to 3,500 words) that reengage with these earlier debates. For this issue, we also welcome short research reports (up to 1,500 words) summarizing the theoretical framework, methodology, and preliminary results of research projects that draw on both feminist and marxist traditions.

Submissions should be made to the journal web site by September 3, 2010. Please indicate that this submission is for this special issue.

Charles R. Menzies
University of British Columbia

New issue of Critical Education: “The Lure of the Animal: The Theoretical Question of the Nonhuman Animal”

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With the current issue (Volume 1, Number 2), Critical Education launches a new series of articles titled “The Lure of the Animal: Addressing Nonhuman Animals in Educational Theory and Research.”

The inaugural article is by series editor Abraham P. DeLeon of the University of Texas, San Antonio and titled “The Lure of the Animal: The Theoretical Question of the Nonhuman Animal.”

Call for Proposals: Rouge Forum Conference 2010: Education in the Public Interest: Teaching and Learning for a Democratic Society


Education in the Public Interest: Teaching and Learning for a Democratic Society

Rouge Forum 2010 will be hosted at George Williams College on the scenic banks of Geneva Lake. Located in Williams Bay, Wisconsin, the college is nestled between the major metropolitan areas of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Chicago, Illinois. The conference will be held August 2-5.

Bringing together academic presentations and performances (from some of the most prominent voices for democratic, critical, and/or revolutionary pedagogy), panel discussions, community-building, and cultural events, this action-oriented conference will center on questions such as:

  1. Transforming the notion of “saving public education” to one of creating education in the public interest, what does teaching and learning for a democratic society look like?
  2. What does education for liberation look like compared to the more socially reproductive/dominating education we see in many of our nation’s schools?
  3. Are the current crises in the economy as well as educationally in such states as California or cities like Detroit indicative of a turning point in history? Has the rightward shift ebbed or will the economic crisis push the ruling class towards fascism?
  4. What is a public good? Is education a public good? Why is it treated as a private good?
  5. Is climate change a matter to be debated by governments and industry leaders? Has the public participated in the debate on climate change? What roles do educators have in making students aware of the implications of that debate?
  6. Are multi-trillion dollar deficits public ‘bads’?
  7. What debts will future generations, including the students we may teach, carry because our financial, governmental, and military endeavors have not been concerned with public goods?
  8. What are the educational implications of the recent Supreme Court decision to endow corporations with the right of free speech?
  9. How do we learn and teach to get from where we are to where we need to be?
  10. How do we stand up for the correctness of our ideas?
  11. How does change happen (individually, within a school, within a district)?
  12. Can the current system be reformed in order to better serve children, families, and citizens?
  13. If not, what would a new system look like? How would it be implemented? What past models exist on which to work and build?

To learn more about the conference, please contact any of our conference organizers:

Faith Wilson (
Adam Renner (
Wayne Ross (
Rich Gibson (
Gina Stiens (
Doug Selwyn (
Joe Cronin (

Or visit the conference website at:

Proposals for papers, panels, or performances should include title(s), no more than a 500 word description, and names and contact information for presenter(s). Presenters should plan on 45 minute time slots to deliver papers. Panels and performances will be awarded 90 minutes.

Review of Paper and Panel Proposals treating any of the above questions will begin April 15, 2010. Please send your proposals to Faith Wilson ( As we expect a number of proposals for a limited number of slots please forward your proposal as soon as possible.

Performance Proposals should also be forwarded to Faith Wilson ( by April 15, 2010. Please describe your art/performance and how it may relate to the conference topic/questions.

Critical Education inaugural issue

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The Editorial Team of Critical Education is pleased to launch the inaugural issue of the journal.

Click on the current issue link at the top of the home page (or the abstract and article links at the bottom of the page) to read “The Idiocy of Policy: The Anti-Democratic Curriculum of High-stakes Testing” by Wayne Au. Au is assistant professor of education at Cal State University, Fullerton and author of Unequal By Design: High-Stakes Testing and the Standardization of Inequality (Routledge, 2009).

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Look for the initial installments of the special section edited by Abraham DeLeon titled “The Lure of the Animal: Addressing Nonhuman Animals in Educational Theory and Research” in the coming weeks.