Teaching to Change the World is an up-to-the-moment, engaging, social justice-oriented introduction to education and teaching, and the challenges and opportunities they present. Both foundational and practical, the chapters are organized around conventional topics but in a way that consistently integrates a coherent story that explains why schools are as they are. Taking the position that a hopeful, democratic future depends on ensuring that all students learn, the text pays particular attention to inequalities associated with race, social class, language, gender, and other social categories and explores teachers’ role in addressing them.

This thoroughly revised fifth edition remains a vital introduction to the profession for a new generation of teachers who seek to become purposeful, knowledgeable practitioners in our ever-changing educational landscape—for those teachers who see the potential for education to change the world.

Features and Updates of the New Edition:

• Fully updated Chapter 1, "The U.S. Schooling Dilemma," reflects our current state of education after the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

• First-person observations from teachers, including first-year teachers, continue to offer vivid, authentic pictures of what teaching to change the world means and involves.

• Additional coverage of the ongoing effects of Common Core highlights the heated public discourse around teaching and teachers, and charter schools.

• Attention to diversity and inclusion is treated as integral to all chapters, woven throughout rather than tacked on as separate units.

• "Digging Deeper" resources on the new companion website include concrete resources that current and future teachers can use in their classrooms.

• "Tools for Critique" provides instructors and students questions, prompts, and activities aimed at encouraging classroom discussion and particularly engaging those students least familiar with the central tenets of social justice education.

part I|145 pages

Democracy, Diversity, and Inequity

chapter 1|34 pages

The U.S. Schooling Dilemma

Diversity, Inequity, and Democratic Values

chapter 2|38 pages

History and Culture

How Expanding Expectations and Powerful Ideologies Shape Schooling in the United States

chapter 3|38 pages

Politics and Philosophy

The Struggle over the School Curriculum

chapter 4|33 pages

Policy and Law

Rules That Schools Live By

part II|165 pages

The Practice of Teaching to Change the World

chapter 5|47 pages

The Subject Matters

Constructing Knowledge Across the Content Areas

chapter 6|41 pages


Teaching and Learning Across the Content Areas

chapter 7|37 pages


Measuring What Matters

chapter 8|38 pages

Classrooms as Communities

Developing Caring and Democratic Relationships

part III|153 pages

The Context of Teaching to Change the World

chapter 9|43 pages

The School Culture

Where Good Teaching Makes Sense

chapter 10|37 pages

School Structure

Sorting Students and Opportunities to Learn

chapter 11|32 pages

The Community

Engaging with Families and Neighborhoods

chapter 12|39 pages

Teaching to Change the World

A Profession and a Hopeful Struggle