The second edition of Culture and Power in the Classroom could not have come at a better time. Enormously significant for many teachers and community activists since it was first published, the book has changed how they view – and how they do – education, as we can see from the personal essays by teachers, professors, and community activists at the conclusion of this new edition…..Unlike other texts that discuss educational failure as if it were context-free, the book provided a historical context for understanding underachievement in our nation.
Thoroughly revised to include the new thinking on diversity and learning, the book now also includes a new chapter on assessment and the brain as well as thought-provoking and inspired reflections from teachers, parents, and community activists. This second edition has been a massive undertaking, one that will be welcomed by previous and new readers alike.
“This revised 20th anniversary edition of Culture and Power in the Classroom is a timely signpost for teachers, parents, students, and other cultural workers who are seeking meaningful education in a climate of gross inequalities. Like Freire, Darder makes praxis the central concept by creating space for the voices of students, parents, and teachers to speak on the limits of monocultural and monolingual educational policies and the possibilities of culturally democratic schooling—a gem of a book.”
—Peter Mayo, University of Malta
“Twenty years after the first edition of Culture and Power was published, it remains one of the most influential books in critical bilingual and multicultural education. In this new edition, Antonia Darder again challenges educators of bicultural students to gain greater clarity in discerning the hurtful beliefs, practices, and real material conditions that are too often normalized and thus rendered ideologically invisible. Culture and Power is most timely given the urgent call to prepare teachers to courageously and decisively name and, once and for all, extricate the harmful hidden curriculum in these frightening times.”
—Lilia Bartolome, University of Massachusetts–Boston