19 Urban Questions: Teaching in the City

By Shirley R. Steinberg; Joe L. Kincheloe | Go to book overview

Foreword

The challenge of writing the foreword to a text that asks multiple questions in a complex world has impacted my ability to sleep at night. Every night before my bedside light is turned off, I find myself more emerged in the question “what did I accomplish today, and how did it make a difference in the lives of the children, teachers, and other members of the urban community that I am committed to serve?”

There is no hiding from the fact that as I read each chapter and reflected on the questions, I became more uncomfortable with the fact that our conversations are not all-inclusive—and that maybe we are misaligned with the daily conversations in schools, on college campuses, at dinner tables, and at school board meetings. Perhaps a dialogue might provide a unique opportunity to open this conversation with those that usually find themselves on the margins.

Can a book that is designed around the idea of questions which are developed around an ideological framework open the door to partnerships with others that were never considered? We are all hoping for the same results: opportunities for students presently not achieving within the urban school context—for them to gain access to what is currently denied to them. It goes far beyond a black/white agenda. It goes to the heart of what is right and just. Students deserve the best of what we can deliver in a safe, socially supported, and intellectually rich learning environment. Are we integrating into our discussions on urban education the rich research that has documented best practices? Are we inviting room for new

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