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Social education is quite a journey. Given the ongoing debate and struggle with “defining” social education, the following is at present a “working definition” - "While we resist ‘defining’ social education, we believe that social education emphasizes three areas of study: critical pedagogy, cultural/media studies, and social studies education. We also stress that education, interpreted broadly, has the potential to advance social justice." Thus emerged social education… a lifelong journey for all of us – to question, to challenge, to do, and to create. Connecting present and past, merging current issues with traditional curriculum, integrating alternative texts and perspectives, empowering and emancipating kids and educators, and transforming schools and society – the transgressions of social education scream out. Dewey, Freire, Kincheloe, Zinn, Greene, Giroux, Apple, hooks, McLaren, Kozol, Loewen, Said, Chomsky, even Bob Dylan and many others have provided the impetus. May we make them proud! The essays within this text demonstrate various journeys in social education. They are meant as stories, not maps or scripts. They are intended to serve as a primer of sorts, for those interested in a similar journey. Hopefully, this can be a meaningful experience for many – students, educators, parents, and society as a whole, of course. Well… the journey and struggle continues…
A Journey - Cameron White; 1. Experiencing Social Education - Sabrina Marsh; 2. Visualizing the White Spaces: Beginning the Journey toward Social Education - Susan McCormack; 3. Our Social Education Journey - Chris Witschonke, Susan McCormack, Traci Jensen, Sabrina Marsh Bernardo Pohl and Debby Shulsky; 4. Rethinking Social Studies for Social Education - Cameron White; 5. Social Education – Sacrality in Education - Jacob W. Neumann; 6. Cultural Re-Location and the Appropriation of Underrepresented Voices - Emily J. Summers; 7. The Schools We Deserve - Amy Mulholland; 8. Culture of Fear: Addressing through Alternative Texts - Samuel Brower; 9. Five Years Later: A Student-Educator Dialogue - Douglas Edwards and John Reyes; 10. The Moral Crisis in Special Education: Redefining the Social Model of Disability - Bernardo Pohl; 11. Recognizing and (Re)cognizing Ageism in EC–12 US Social Education - Emily J. Summers and Amy Esdorn; 12. The Pop Connection: Engaging Popular Culture in Social Education - Cameron White; 13. Heteronormative Assumptions Embedded in the Cartoonworld and Beyond: Cartoonworld Constructs of the Nuclear Family - Emily J. Summers; 14. Michael Moore, Baby Einstein, and Student Council Elections: Social Education Brings Unusual Pieces of Life Together - Christopher Witschonke; 15. Critical or Negative? The Search for Social Education in Unique Spaces - Traci Warren Jensen; 16. Social Education Teacher as Activist: Bridging Theory and Practice in Democratic Activism - Tony L. Talbert and James B. Rodgers; 17. Social Education and Transformative Teacher Education - Chris Witschonke, Susan McCormack, Traci Jensen, Debby Schulsky, Sabrina Marsh and Cameron White; Author bios