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The Teacher in American Society

The Teacher in American Society
A Critical Anthology

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February 2010 | 272 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

A critical anthology that examines the nature and purpose of the teaching profession in the United States

Drawing on first-person accounts and sociological, historical, and literary sources, The Teacher in American Society: A Critical Anthology examines the nature of the teaching profession in the United States and the purpose behind the work of K–12 teachers. In addition to selections from novels and first-person accounts, editor Eugene F. Provenzo draws from a wide range of popular culture sources, including films, cartoons, and "YouTube" videos to convey not only the work and experience of teachers, but also how teachers are perceived in our society.


  • Popular and classic selections demonstrate that learning to teach well is a deeply reflective act.
  • Critical questions at the beginning of each reading encourage students to think about teaching in the context of a wide range of cultures, traditions, and teaching experiences.
  • Further Readings and Linking to Popular Culture sections in each Part opener lead students to a range of resources beyond the text.


Part I: On Being a Teacher
Joseph Featherstone
1. Letter to a Young Teacher
Nel Noddings
2. Accident, Awareness, and Actualization
Kathleen Cushman
3. Respect, Liking, Trust, and Fairness
Part II: Beginning to Teach
W. E. B. Du Bois
4. A Negro Schoolmaster in the New South
Herbert Kohl
5. Selection From 36 Children
Esmé Raji Codell
6. Selection From Educating Esme: Diary of a Teacher's First Year
Part III: Teaching as the Practice of Freedom
John Taylor Gatto
7. Selection From Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling
bell hooks
8. Engaged Pedagogy
Part IV: Teaching Others
Lisa D. Delpit
9. The Silenced Dialogue: Power and Pedagogy in Educating Other People’s Children
Peggy McIntosh
10. White Privilege and Male Privilege: A Personal Account of Coming To See Correspondences through Work in Women's Studies
Nel Noddings
11. Teaching Themes of Care
Part V: Teaching as Work
Theodore R. Sizer
12. Prologue from Horace's Compromise
Louanne Johnson
13. Selection From My Posse Don't Do Homework
Taylor Mali
14. "What Teachers Make or Objection Overruled, or If things don’t work out, you can always go to law school"
Part VI: Teaching as Social Activism
Jonathan Kozol
15. Selection From Death at an Early Age: The Destruction of the Hearts and Minds of Negro Children in the Boston Public Schools
George S. Counts
16. "Should the Teacher Always Be Neutral?"
Mildred D. Taylor
17. Selection From Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
Part VII: Myths and Stereotypes About Teaching
William Ayers
18. Selection From To Teach: The Journey of a Teacher
Matt Groening
19.Selections From School Is Hell: Lesson 6: The 9 Types of Grade School Teachers and Lesson 13: The 9 Types of High School Teachers
Part VIII: Teaching and Sexuality
Sherwood Anderson
20. The Teacher from Winesburg, Ohio
Eric Rofes
21. Selection From Socrates, Plato, and Guys Like Me: Confessions of a Gay Schoolteacher
About the Editor

Great Authors and wonderful works!

Mr Brad Maguth
Department of Education , Hiram College
May 13, 2010

Sage College Publishing

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