The Antonia Darder Reader

Education, Art, and Decolonizing Praxis

July 2023
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    Myers Education Press
  • Published
    5th July 2023
  • ISBN 9781975505158
  • Language English
  • Pages 334 pp.
  • Size 6" x 9"
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August 2023
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    Myers Education Press
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    23rd August 2023
  • ISBN 9781975505172
  • Language English
  • Pages 334 pp.
  • Size 6" x 9"
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2024 SPE Outstanding Book Award Winner

Antonia Darder is a Puerto Rican and American scholar, artist, poet, song writer and activist. She holds the Leavey Presidential Endowed Chair in Ethics and Moral Leadership in the School of Education at Loyola Marymount University. Her scholarship is known around the world and her efforts have earned her a large number of academic awards, including the Scholars of Color Distinguished Career Contribution Award by the American Education Research Association.

Three critical Darderean scholars (Kortney Hernandez, Sharon Cronin, and Eduardo Lopez), who have been lovingly mentored, empowered, and challenged by Darder, and who have developed their critical consciousness through the soulful educational wisdom of Darder, have come together to embrace the (im)possible task of curating a volume of some of her most powerful educational scholarship.

This volume includes Antonia Darder’s central writings on the topics of language, culture, inequality, and education. If one were to “read” Darder, as Paulo Freire encouraged us to “read the word and the world,” her works would speak volumes of her unwavering commitment to the struggle for liberation and an emancipatory vision of the world. This is embodied in all aspects of her work as the range of her scholarship spans across mediums and decades. The Antonia Darder Reader is essential reading as a keystone volume in multiculturalism, critical studies, cultural studies, and many other disciplines.

Perfect for courses such as: Social and Cultural Foundations of Education; History and Philosophy of Education; Teacher Education; Bilingual Education; Latinx and Education Studies; Critical Pedagogy; Critical Theory, Race and Education; Sociology of Education; Culturally Responsive Teaching; Social Justice and Research; Methodology

“Antonia Darder’s life and work resides in rarified air for its profound impact on our field. She is, and will remain, a bright, shining light for those that pursue education grounded in truth and love. Anyone that has crossed paths with her, or her scholarship, is a better educator and a better human being for that experience. This project, collecting some of Antonia’s writings, offers an opportunity for those unfamiliar with her work to be introduced to one of the most important thinkers of our time. For those of us that know her work well, it reminds us just how prolific, insightful, and brilliant she is.”

Jeff Duncan-Andrade, Ph.D., Professor of Ethnic Studies, San Francisco State University

“Antonia Darder is one of the most brilliant and inspirational education leaders in the world. Her work reflects the best that critical education has to offer. We would do well to pay close attention to her analyses and ethics of justice if we wish to rebuild and humanize the world.”

Professor Peter McLaren, B.A., B.Ed., M.Ed., Ph.D., F.R.S.A., Ed.D (honoris causa), Dip Tchg, Distinguished Professor in Critical Studies, The Donna Ford Attallah College of Educational Studies, Chapman University

“Quintessential Antonia Darder, this reader is about love, justice, liberatory education, redemption, post coloniality, and the power of art. Throughout the chapters, regardless of whether the subject matter is early trauma, liberatory education, racism, or even dance, what shines through is the power of love as the antidote to violence, hatred, and the obliteration of entire peoples through colonization, or individual young people through the denial of their humanity and vicious pedagogies of rejection. Stretching back over a quarter century and including articles, poetry, art, and interviews, Antonia Darder once again proves her unchallenged legacy as an unflinching scholar, resolute fellow traveler, and intrepid explorer of life, love, and the human capacity for hope and possibility.”

Sonia Nieto, Fellow Boricua, forged in Brooklyn, NY, Professor Emerita, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

“Antonia Darder is a revolutionary scholar, poet, and activist. Her ability to speak truth to power theoretically and practically is one of her many gifts. Her work will stand the test of time. This reader is a beautiful collection of her power, passion, and poignant commitment to make us all better. For those looking to be inspired, moved, transformed, and informed this is the book you have to read!”

Tyrone C. Howard, Ph.D., Pritzker Family Endowed Chair in Education to Strengthen Children & Families, President--American Educational Research Association



Editor’s Preface


Section I: A Life of Struggle

Chapter One
Childhood Trauma and the Struggle for Liberation

Chapter Two
From Madness to Consciousness: Redemption through Politics, Art, and Love

Chapter Three

From One Never Meant to Survive

Section II: Spheres of Culture and Power: Critical Bicultural Education

Chapter Four

Reflections on Cultural Democracy and Schooling

Chapter Five
Rewriting the World: Literacy, Inequality, and the Brain

Chapter Six

Education of Values: A Conversation with Antonia Darder

Section III: Teaching as an Act of Love: Reinventing Paulo Freire

Chapter Seven

Teaching as an Act of Love: In Memory of Paulo Freire

Chapter Eight

Rethinking Critical Pedagogy: An Interview with Antonia Darder

Chapter Nine

The Profound Solidarity of Paulo Freire

Section IV: Teaching in the Flesh: Schooling the Body

Chapter Ten

Freire and the Body

Chapter Eleven
Schooling Bodies: Critical Pedagogy and Urban Youth

Chapter Twelve

Decolonizing Dance Praxis: Supporting a Language of Cultural and Community Embodiment

Section V: Teaching and Consciousness: The Making of Dissident Educators

Chapter Thirteen

The Making of a Dissident Voice

Chapter Fourteen
Racism and the Charter School Movement: Unveiling the Myths

Chapter Fifteen

Dreaming of Peace in a Culture of War: Revolutionary Considerations

Chapter Sixteen

YA BASTA! The Time for Change Is Now


About the Editors


Antonia Darder

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Kortney Hernandez

Kortney Hernandez is a critical educator and activist. Her research engages service learning through a bicultural decolonizing epistemological lens that seeks to break through hegemonic conceptions of service.

Sharon Cronin

Sharon Cronin has worked in community for many decades with Caribbean cultural arts, bilingual education, community organizing, and linguistically and culturally responsive education.

Eduardo Lopez

Eduardo Lopez received his Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate University. He currently teaches in the Teacher Education Program at UCLA. He works with pre-service teachers and his research focus on issues of critical pedagogy, urban schooling, social justice education, and secondary teacher education.

critical theory; social justice education; multicultural education; preservice teacher education; secondary education; urban education; critical pedagogy; social foundations; Paulo Freire; bicultural development; Bomba; Caribbean; Early Childhood Education; Puerto Rico; Grupo Bayano; Cultural Democracy; culturally responsive education; equity in education; critical studies; multiculturalism; cultural studies