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Teaching as Possibility: A Light in Dark Times

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Chapter 6, by the late Maxine Greene, entitled, Teaching as Possibility: A Light in Dark Times, was featured in the first edition (2009) of this book. Professor Green was a social activist and pioneer for women in the fields of educational philosophy, cultural studies, and critical pedagogy. When Professor Greene passed away on May 29, 2014, she was described as “perhaps the most iconic and influential living figure, a pioneer for women in the field of educational philosophy.” Professor Greene’s chapter discusses how, in the Freirean tradition, the illumination of hope can exist even during the darkest of times. This flicker of possibility is ultimately what inspires the imagination to create alternative realities. Teachers are in a unique position to realize these untold possibilities by challenging the status quo, which currently deforms education into simple job training.

Maxine Greene: Deceased.

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Greene, M., Macrine, S.L. (2020). Teaching as Possibility: A Light in Dark Times. In: Macrine, S. (eds) Critical Pedagogy in Uncertain Times. Education, Politics and Public Life. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham.

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