๐Ÿ“‘ Beyond Champions and Pirates

Bookmarked Beyond Champions and Pirates by Benjamin Doxtdator (Long View on Education)
If weโ€™re serious about making schools better, then we canโ€™t concede the topics of equity and social justice to the neoconservatives while re-shaping schooling to make it even more congenial to the structures that make people increasingly precarious. Makers and entrepreneurs arenโ€™t the answer to the questions we have about equity. Weโ€™re not all pawns in some power struggle between the neoconservative and neoliberal movements, between the Champions and Pirates, as if there has only been one game in town, a match to which we must all buy tickets and watch.
Benjamin Doxtdator takes a look at Teach Like a Champion and Teach Like a Pirate. He questions the place of equity within all of this. In a second post, Doxtdator focuses on empowerment and its history. He continues his look at the work of Couros, Juliani and Spencer.

The concept of empowerment has more radical roots. In The Will to Empower (1999), Barbara Cruikshank argues that we can distinguish two different uses of โ€˜empowermentโ€™: โ€œthe left uses empowerment to generate political resistance; the right, to produce rational economic and entrepreneurial actors.โ€ I think the educators that I just surveyed complicate this left/right division since Robinson, Ferriter, and Richardson definitely occupy an identifiable strand of progressivism. Nonetheless, itโ€™s a progressivism divorced from a call for political resistance


Ian O’Byrne also provides a useful breakdown of ’empowerment’ theory.

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