Bringing Memory Forward: Storied Remembrance in Social Justice Education with Teachers

Nov 15th, 2010 | By | Category: 22-2: Crossing Borders, Winter 2010, Media Reviews

BRINGING MEMORY FORWARD: STORIED REMEMBRANCE IN SOCIAL JUSTICE EDUCATION WITH TEACHERSBy Teresa Strong-Wilson
Peter Lang Publishing (2008)

Review by Michael W. Simpson

Research shows that white teachers are the most resistant learners when it comes to challenging white privilege and power. Indeed, within our schools, we have been offering new curricula without achieving much actual change. So, how will white teachers ever change?

Bringing Memory Forward deals with getting teachers to challenge their own memories and experiences of privilege and race, and with applying the curricular method of “currere” or critical self-examination, in the context of collective memory or storied formation. Stories are central to curriculum, and this book examines how stories influence our ways of being, especially in relation to an “Other.” By a process of excavation with time for thought to grow, small fissures in teacher constructions of difference can be illuminated and change can occur.

This important book should be in tribal libraries and used in teacher education and professional development.

Michael W. Simpson is a lawyer, teacher, and social activist and may be reached at mwsjd85@aol.com.

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