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Black Ants and Buddhists: Thinking Critically and Teaching Differently in the Primary Grades (eBook)

Author: Mary Cowhey

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What would a classroom look like if understanding and
respecting differences in race, culture, beliefs, and opinions were at
its heart? Welcome to Mary Cowhey's Peace Class in Northampton, MA,
where first and second graders view the entire curriculum through the
framework of understanding the world, and trying to do their part to
make it a better place.

Woven through the book is Mary's unflinching and humorous account of
her own roots in a struggling large Irish Catholic family and her early
career as a community activist. Mary's teaching is infused with lessons
of her heroes: Gandhi, Eleanor Roosevelt, Helen Keller, Martin Luther
King, and others. Her students learn to make connections between their
lives, the books they read, the community leaders they meet, and the
larger world.

If you were inspired to become a teacher because you wanted to change
the world, and instead find yourself limited by teach-to-the-test
pressures, this is the book that will make you think hard about how you
spend your time with students. It offers no easy answers, just a wealth
of insight into the challenges of helping students think critically
about the world, and starting points for conversations about diversity
and controversy in your classroom, as well as in the larger community.