The conservative, bipartisan consensus dominating the discussion about what's wrong with our schools and how to fix them offers "solutions" that scapegoat teachers, vilify unions, and promise market mentality as the answer. But in each case, students lose. This book, written by teacher activists, speaks back to the elite consensus and offers an alternative vision of learning for liberation.
Sarah Knopp is a public high school teacher in Los Angeles, California, and an activist with United Teachers Los Angeles.
Jeff Bale is assistant professor of second language education at Michigan State University. Their work has appeared in "Rethinking Schools," "International Socialist Review," and "CounterPunch."