Garn Press Non-Fiction Books Encourage Us To Be Hopeful and Take Action Part Two

Garn Press non-fiction books have a collective presence that is hopeful for the future. We encourage you to read them individually or as text sets for university and colleges courses, or in professional development courses for schools preK-12 grade.

009-esther-fine-2Raising Peacemakers, by Esther Sokolov Fine

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Raising Peacemakers is essential reading for all teachers and administrators. Raising Peacemakers is about a twenty two-year restorative justice project for kids that is positively revolutionary. At Downtown Alternative School (DAS), a small public elementary school in Toronto, ordinary everyday child-to-child conflicts were viewed as learning opportunities. Esther documents the trail of thinking and re-thinking, negotiating and re-negotiating, solving and re-solving (occasionally resolving) teaching and learning dilemmas. It’s a tale of one school’s optimistic effort to create and sustain healthy, safe, equitable, and academically relevant conditions for and with people whose lives were and are at stake in public education. Jessica, a DAS student between 1994-1996 writes: 

“For most of my life, I didn’t realize the impact that the Peacemakers Project had had on me, but once I became a teacher, I realized how it had shaped my understanding of young children and their capacity for reason and problem solving skills.

Peacemakers allowed me to learn, as a child, and remember, as an adult, that often children are much better suited to understanding and solving their own problems, and that sometimes we need to step back and let a peer, who understands the underlying issues and feelings that only a five, or six, or ten-year-old can have …”

Praise for Raising Peacemakers

“Read Raising Peacemakers as a meditation or as an inspiration. It is both.” Carole Edelsky, author of With Literacy and Justice for All.

“Esther Fine’s stories let readers learn how “doing peace” made and sustained lasting, positive changes in students’ lives.” Patrick Willard Shannon, author of Reading Against Democracy The Broken Promises of Reading Instruction.

Raising Peacemakers

Author: Esther Sokolov Fine
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-942146-19-3
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-942146-12-4
eBook ISBN: 978-1-942146-13-1
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007-ken-goodman-whole-languageWhat’s Whole In Whole Language in the 21st Century? by Ken Goodman

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There has never been a more critical time for teachers to read What’s in Whole Language in the 21st Century? It is as prescient today as it was when Goodman first wrote it. Bess Altwerger, co-author Reading Fluency writes:

“Today’s education activist movement can be traced back to the Whole Language Movement that opposed curriculum mandates, standardized testing, tracking, and mindless skill and drill in literacy education. Many of us in the movement who were involved in the 2011 Save Our Schools: March and National Call to Action (Vivian Jensen, Jesse Turner, Rick Meyer, Peggy Robertson, Ceresta Smith, Debra Goodman, Vivian M Vasquez and others) began their activism in the literacy field. We owe much of our understanding about the process and politics of literacy to Ken Goodman and Yetta M. Goodman. In many ways, they are the pioneers who set the path for resisting the corporatization of education. Anyone who wants to understand the current movement and its roots in democratic, child-centered, social justice education should read What’s Whole in Whole Language in the 21st Century?”

Praise for Ken Goodman from the 1992-93 Reading Interviews published for the first time in What’s Whole in Whole Language in the 21st Century?

“I think the essence of his work is the ethical and the moral dimensions.” Jerome Harste, co-author, Language Stories and Literacy Lessons, and Creating Authors and Inquirers.

“My admiration is for his political acumen. Education does not just take place in classrooms. It is a political situation.” Frank Smith, author of Joining the Literacy Club, and Understanding Reading: A Psycholinguistic Analysis of Reading and Learning to Read.

“I have found that with Ken it is about making learning to read barrier free.”

Brian Cambourne, author The Whole Story: Natural Learning and the Acquisition of the Literacy in the Classroom.

“His main contribution is freedom for teachers.” Jeanne Chall, author Learning to Read: The Great Debate. 

What’s Whole In Whole Language In The 21st Century?

Author: Ken Goodman
Print ISBN: 978-1-942146-04-9
eBook ISBN: 978-1-942146-05-6
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002-19-cluesNineteen Clues: Great Transformations Can Be Achieved Through Collective Action, by Denny Taylor

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What would it take to make Earth a child safe zone?

Nineteen Clues: Great Transformations Can be Achieved through Collective Action makes the case that there are two threats to our children that impact every aspect of their present and future lives.

The first threat to our children is the hostile take over the US public education system. Noam Chomsky calls it, “the campaign to destroy those parts of the education system that enrich the lives of students, that interfere with indoctrination, with control, with imposing passivity and obedience.” While Diane Ravitch writes, “Never have public schools been as subject to upheaval, assault, and chaos as they are today.”

The second threat to our children is the great acceleration in the changes taking place to the planet. “Humanity is standing at a moment in history when a Great Transformation is needed to respond to the immense threat to the Earth,” a group of Nobel Laureates writes in their summary of the 2007 Potsdam Memorandum on Global Sustainability.

“Society is taking substantial risks by delaying urgent and large-scale action,” Lidia Brito and Mark Stafford Smith write in The State of the Planet Declaration, which was the consensus of more than 3,000 scientists at the 2012 Planet Under Pressure Conference. “We must show leadership at all levels. We must all play our parts. We urge the world to grasp this moment and make history.”

Nineteen Clues unites the struggles of scientists, teachers and parents. It salutes their tenacity and grit, as well as the brilliance of their arguments and their endurance. It is written in the belief that this is a moment in history when we must unite in the struggle to make Earth a child safe zone, knowing that people can succeed when governments fail.

Praise for Nineteen Clues: Great Transformations Can be Achieved through Collective Action

I strongly believe we need new rhetoric and new coalitions here–the old “liberal” approach does not work–it just keeps throwing soft balls to the right wing. The two propositions are closely connected–same bad guys, some purposes — at the very heart of the issue is inequality and a lack of social will to do anything about it. James Paul Gee, author Unified Discourse Analysis, and Language and Learning in the Digital Age.

Nineteen Clues: Great Transformations Can Be Achieved Through Collective Action

Author: Denny Taylor
Print ISBN: 978-0-9899106-6-8
eBook ISBN: 978-0-9899106-7-5
Paperback: $17.99 USD | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Indiebound
Ebook: $9.99 USD | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo eBooks | Apple iBooks

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