Saturday, October 31, 2009

Boy Culture

An encyclopedia, Boy Culture, is finally about to be available.

I have an entry on comics and graphic novels in this work, edited by Shirley Steinberg, Michael Kehler, and Lindsay Cornish.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

The power of the written word. . .

Margaret Atwood's writing is some of the most powerful work. . .about the power of the written word.

In her newest novel, The Year of the Flood, Ren, in the second chapter, opens with:

Beware of words. Be careful what you write. Leave no trails.

. . .

As for writing, it was dangerous, said the Adams and the Eves, because your enemies could trace you through it, and hunt you down, and use your words to condemn you. (p. 6)

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Upcoming piece on teacher education

Very excited to have a piece coming out in the Journal for Educational Controversy

My piece looks at the work of Maxine Greene and her concerns about the roadblocks to effective teacher education; Greene's piece is from 1978, but fits all too well with our current climate of mandates, standards, and tests.

I recommend the journal highly (great issue on poverty) and a valuable blog also.