Avid Bookshop presents Bettina L. Love for her book, We Want to do More than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom. The author will be in conversation with Cynthia B. Dillard to discuss the book and its implications in society. This event will take place on Friday, April 19, 2019, from 6:30-7:30 pm at our Prince Avenue location and is free and open to the public. We encourage you to purchase a copy of the book and to get it signed by the author!
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ABOUT THE BOOK:
Drawing on her life's work of teaching and researching in urban schools, Bettina Love persuasively argues that educators must teach students about racial violence, oppression, and how to make sustainable change in their communities through radical civic initiatives and movements. She argues that the US educational system is maintained by and profits from the suffering of children of color. Instead of trying to repair a flawed system, educational reformers offer survival tactics in the forms of test-taking skills, acronyms, grit labs, and character education, which Love calls the educational survival complex.
To dismantle the educational survival complex and to achieve educational freedom--not merely reform--teachers, parents, and community leaders must approach education with the imagination, determination, boldness, and urgency of an abolitionist. Following in the tradition of activists like Ella Baker, Bayard Rustin, and Fannie Lou Hamer, We Want to do More than Survive introduces an alternative to traditional modes of educational reform and expands our ideas of civic engagement and intersectional justice.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Bettina L. Love is an award-winning author and an associate professor of educational theory and practice at the University of Georgia. Her research focuses on how teachers and schools working with parents and communities can build communal, civically engaged, antiracist, anti-homophobic, and anti-sexist educational, equitable classrooms. A sought-after public speaker on a range of topics, including hip-hop education, Black girlhood, queer youth, hip-hop feminism, art-based education to foster youth civic engagement, and issues of diversity, Love has also provided commentary for news outlets including NPR, the Guardian, and the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
Cynthia B. Dillard is a Mary Frances Early Professor of Teacher Education, department of educational theory and practice (early childhood education) at the University of Georgia. She received her Ph.D. in multicultural education and educational leadership from Washington State University.