Book Review: An Activists Handbook for the Education Revolution: United Opt Out's Test of Courage

Gary Homana

Abstract


An Activists Handbook for the Education Revolution: United Opt Out's Test of Courage (McDermott, Robertson, Jensen, & Smith, 2015) makes the case for why we must challenge the privatization and corporate take-over of our public schools and explains how to go about doing just that. The book is written by a small group of activists who take a stand on behalf of children and the craft of teaching to reclaim the promise of public education grounded in our democratic ideals of equality, access, empowerment, and possibility. The publication serves as an invaluable resource for anyone interested in confronting inequality providing useful ideas for research, advocacy, and organizing for educators and non-educators alike. Although the collective public voice is not strongly represented in the text, this is likely to change as the public becomes increasingly informed and pushes back against political and corporate interests - important future work for United Opt Out.

Keywords: Opt out, high-stakes testing, standardized testing, free public education


Keywords


Opt out, high-stakes testing, standardized testing, free public education

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