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Session 6: Sunday, June 3rd: 12:00 - 1:50pm
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As always, education is an ideological battleground. Decisions about what students are expected to study and how they are expected to react to current events are shaped by tensions between different political and pedagogical philosophies. Teachers who invite students to directly examine the nature of ideology are often dismissed as “brainwashing” students, while the status quo is unproblematized and treated as neutral. This session will continue a discussion started in the first session (Addressing Ideology in the Classroom Pt. 1). The facilitator and two presenters from the first session will review the key issues that have been raised. Then two new presenters will make brief remarks. The first new presenter is a high school History teacher, and the second is a teaching artist. At that point, the facilitator will moderate an open dialogue between the presenters and those in attendance. The focus will be how teachers can help students productively engage in analysis of the ideological dimensions of key topics (e.g., xenophobia and immigration policy, the representation of minorities in literature, the history of US imperialism, etc.). As part of this conversation, we expect that participants will examine the ideological nature of education itself under neoliberalism and share suggestions for helping students critique the educations they are receiving.


Graphic novelist Kevin C. Pyle has been teaching graphic novel/comics workshops since 2007. He has taught in a wide variety of educational environments, including the Montclair Cooperative School, Montclair State University, and Princeton University. He is the author/illustrator of the graphic...

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Jason Craig is a high school social studies teacher in Newark, NJ. He comes from a philosophy background, and is currently working on an MA in Reading at Montclair State University.

Gregory has a B.A. in History and an MAT in Social Studies & Special Education. His pedagogy focuses on creating a culturally responsive teaching environment in which to foster critical thinking, commitment to social justice, and an emphasis on both global and intersectional understandings...

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Andy Beutel has been teaching middle school social studies for 11 years. His academic work has focused on the curricular and pedagogical challenges and possibilities of critical teaching in an affluent, suburban public school setting.

Erik Jacobson is a literacy professor with a background in community-based adult education focused on social justice. He is currently active with Make the Road New Jersey, focused on issued related to immigrant justice.