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2012-2013 BOOK TOUR


Bad Teacher!: How Blaming Teachers Distorts the Bigger Picture

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Schedule of Events | Book Description and Reviews | Weblink

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Schedule and Recordings of Past Events


March 5-9, 2012

March 5
Chapman University
, College of Educational Studies
Argyros Forum 209A
4:00 - 6:30 p.m.
(click here to download a flyer)

March 6
University of California at Los Angeles
, Center X
Co-sponsored by CA-NAME
(California Chapter of the National Association for Multicultural Education)
Dodd 121
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
(click here to download a flyer)

March 7
University of California at Berkeley, Graduate School of Education
Organized by the Berkeley Review of Education
Education-Psychology Library, Tolman Hall 2nd floor
4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

(click here to download a flyer)
*** Update: Click here to view the video recording ***

March 8
University of San Francisco
School of Education (SOE) Room 101
4:45 - 6:00 p.m.

March 9
Modern Times Bookstore (San Francisco)
7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
(click here for more information)

March 14, 2012

March 14
Book Launch

and Fundraiser for CORE (Caucus of Rank and File Educators)
with Guest Speaker, Karen Lewis (President, Chicago Teachers Union)
University of Illinois at Chicago,
Jane Addams Hull-House Museum
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

March 20-24, 2012
New York & New Jersey

March 20
New York University

Pless Hall, 3rd floor
7:00 p.m.
(click here to download a flyer)

March 21
Montclair State University
University Hall, Room 1020
5:30 p.m.

March 22
Hunter College of The City University of New York

Faculty Louge, 8th floor
6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
(click here to download a flyer)

March 24
New York Collective of Radical Educators (NYCoRE)
Annual Conference
Julia Richmond Education Complex
8:45 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
*** Update: Click here to view the video recording of the lecture that includes student performances! ***

April 4, 2012

April 4
The Public Square's Cafe Society

HumanThread Center, 645 W. 18th Street
6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
(click here for more information)

April 15, 2012
Vancouver, Canada

April 15
American Educational Research Association (AERA)
Annual Conference
Book Exhibits, Teachers College Press Booth
Vancouver Convention Center
12:30 - 1:00 p.m

April 19, 2012

April 19
Bowling Green State University

Student Research Forum on Diversity
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

*** Update: Click here to read the local news coverage of the Forum ***

April 30, 2012

April 30
Minneapolis Central Library

5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

May 31 - June 1, 2012
New York

May 31 - June 1
National Conference on Race and Ethnicity (NCORE)

New York Marriott Marquis Hotel
Lecture at 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
First Booksigning on 5/31 at 4:45-5:00 p.m.
Second Booksigning on 6/1 at 9:30-10:30 a.m.

September 17-18, 2012

September 17
University of Hawai'i at Hilo
UCB 127
4:30-5:30 p.m.
(click here for more information, and click here for local news coverage)

September 18
University of Hawai'i at Manoa
Center for Hawaiian Studies, Room 201
5:30-8:00 p.m.
(click here to download a flyer)

September 27, 2012

September 27
Revolution Books
1103 N. Ashland Ave.
7:00 p.m.
(click here to download a flyer)

October 4, 2012

October 4
Tufts University
Paige Hall, Crane Room
5:00-6:00 p.m.
(click here for more information or here to download a flyer)

October 4 (with Bree Picower)
Harvard University
Gutman Conference Center
7:00-8:00 p.m.
(click here to download a flyer)

October 11, 2012

October 11
Pennsylvania State University at Altoona
117 Science Buidling
7:30-8:30 p.m.
(click here to download a flyer)

October 19, 2012

October 19
Education Minnesota
8:45-9:45 a.m.
(click here for more information)

October 20, 2012

October 20
Service-Learning Conference, The Ohio State University
9:00-10:15 a.m.
(click here for more information)

November 1-2, 2012

November 1
Seattle University
Wycoff Auditorium
6:30-8:00 p.m.
(click here to download a flyer)

November 2
University of Washington
HUB Room 334
11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
(click here to download a flyer)

November 2
American Educational Studies Association (AESA)
Grand Hyatt Seattle
5:30-7:00 p.m.

November 14, 2012
New York

November 14
Syracuse University
Maxwell Auditorium
4:00-5:00 p.m.
(click here to download a flyer)

November 28 - December 1, 2012

November 28 - December 1
National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME)

Doubletree Hotel Philadelphia

February 22, 2013

February 22
ITBE Annual Convention (Illinois Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages)
Wyndham Lisle-Chicago Hotel and Executive Meeting Center
1:05-1:50 p.m.

February 28, 2013
New York

February 28
Colgate University
7:00-8:00 p.m.

March 16, 2013

March 16
ASCD Annual Conference
McCormick Place West, Chicago
1:00-2:30 p.m.

March 22, 2013

March 22
University of Wisconsin Student Development Conference

University of Wisconsin at La Crosse
7:30-8:30 p.m.

April 4, 2013

April 4
George Mason University

SUB I Room 3B
4:30-6:00 p.m.

April 5, 2013
Washington, DC

April 5
Occupy DOE 2.0

U.S. Department of Education
10:00-10:20 a.m.

April 20, 2013

April 20
Educators' Network for Social Justice
6th Annual Anti-Racist/Anti-Bias Conference

Indian Community School, Franklin, WI
9:30 a.m.

May 10-11, 2013
South Korea

May 10-11
Korean Association for Multicultural Education Conference

Hanyang University, Seoul

May 22, 2013

May 22
Concordia University Chicago
, Center for Policy Studies and Social Justice
5:30 p.m.


How Blaming Teachers Distorts the Bigger Picture

By Kevin K. Kumashiro

Teachers College Press
February 2012
ISBN: 0807753211
ISBN13: 9780807753217

In his latest book, leading educator and author, Kevin Kumashiro, takes aim at the current debate on education reform, paying particular attention to the ways that scapegoating public-school teachers, teacher unions, and teacher education masks the real, systemic problems. He demonstrates convincingly how current trends, like market-based reforms and fast-track teacher certification programs are creating overwhelming obstacles to achieving an equitable education for all children.

Bad Teacher! highlights the common ways that both the public and influential leaders think about the problems and solutions for public education, and suggests ways to help us see the bigger picture and reframe the debate. Compelling, accessible, and grounded in current initiatives and debates, this book is important reading for a diverse audience of policymakers, school leaders, parents, and everyone who cares about education.

Advance Reviews

"This book could be a springboard for teachers, teacher educators, and administrators to become more actively involved in advocating for a paradigm shift in our concept of education." -Grace Lee Boggs, Boggs Center

"Bad Teacher! is a provocative effort to reframe the current debate about school reform. Kumashiro explains why we should think differently about the prescriptions that are now taken for granted." -Diane Ravitch, New York University, author of The Death and Life of the Great American School System

"The education reform movement has taken a page from the playbook of the gaming industry to ensure that children of color and poor children are highly represented among the losers! Kumashiro is a remarkable sleuth who guides us through the tangled web of ideology, venture philanthropy, and political chicanery as he shows us how the deck is stacked, how the game is played, who gains, and who loses. Join him in a clarion call to build a Movement to reclaim public education, to save our children from becoming serfs in the Information Age, and our democracy from becoming a relic of the past." -Robert P. Moses, The Algebra Project

"Bad Teacher! is oh-so-smart and timely. After decades of calculated disinvestment, our public schools are in terrible crisis. This book attacks head-on the ragged patchwork of "school reform" that has left us without even the vocabulary to frame what's gone wrong. Stuck in the binarisms of "winners and losers," "achievers and the undeserving," we have lurched from thoughtless intervention to madcap experimentation to (ad)venture capital tossed about as hysterically as confetti at a funeral. Against the backdrop of such tragic incoherence, Professsor Kevin Kumashiro's smart, quiet, lucid study cuts directly through the noise. With both empiricism and empathy, he wrestles our attention back to the needs of America's youth-the children whose collective education foretells our destiny as citizens." -Patricia J. Williams, Columbia Law School

"Kumashiro provides us with an engaging and insightful analysis of what's wrong with the current direction being taken to reform public education. He also offers wise and practical ideas on how we might go about improving the nation's schools. Anyone seeking to understand why so many of the reforms we have pursued have failed will benefit from reading this book." -Pedro A. Noguera, New York University

"Kevin Kumashiro unveils how corporate interests, an undue reliance onnon-research, and conventional 'common sense' remedies are in fact scapegoating teachers and exacerbating educational inequality. Courageous, blunt, and hopeful, Bad Teacher! offers a democratic vision for true educational change." -Sonia Nieto, University of Massachusetts at Amherst

"Unlike any other time in history, public education and teachers in particular are being blamed for our nation's shortcomings. In Bad Teacher! Kevin Kumashiro expertly examines the many forces working against public education, and how and why these forces are at play. In so doing, he lends hope that there is a better way forward for the American education system." -Dennis Van Roekel, President, National Education Association

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