Exploring Possibility: Challenging Curriculum, Students, and Teachers to be Engaged and Critical


  • Paul Crutcher


I situate a curricular change I made in a literature course in a preservice teacher education (TE) program in the current politics of education. Facing broad preservice teacher apathy for critical or thoughtful work, I argue that TE students who don't critically engage their worlds are (reasonably) less likely to critically engage and address issues they face as new teachers. In a state exporting teachers, and with most new teachers starting in under-serviced urban schools, the impact of students refusing to consider the racist subtext of a picturebook, for instance, could have devastating effects on schools, students, and communities who can least afford them. Not a slippery slope, here, since this phenomenon exists already in K-12 education"”I propose that by working as I did in my course, we can start to explore a much more productive and generative "possibility" for the immediate and long-term future of education.

Author Biography

Paul Crutcher

Paul A. Crutcher has degrees in philosophy, composition, and women’s and gender studies. Paul has published in a variety of mediums, and researches in areas of popular culture, socialization, and rethinking education. He is currently a doctoral candidate in Curriculum, Teaching, and Educational Policy at Michigan State University.