You Can’t Criticize What You Don’t Understand: Teachers as Social Change Agents in Neo-Liberal Times

  title={You Can’t Criticize What You Don’t Understand: Teachers as Social Change Agents in Neo-Liberal Times},
  author={Michael O’Sullivan},
  journal={Brock Education: a Journal of Educational Research and Practice},
  • Michael O’Sullivan
  • Published 2008
  • Sociology
  • Brock Education: a Journal of Educational Research and Practice
Despite the existence of success stories of individual teachers and even school-wide groups of teachers successfully teaching from a global perspective, this paper raises a basic question: to what extent can the average teacher be an agent of change in the tradition of Dewey, Freire, and Giroux? The questioning of this role arises from the observation that many teachers are high achieving graduates of the very school system to which they have returned; and, as a result of spending their… Expand
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