•  102
    Democratic Education in an Era of Town Hall Protests
    Theory and Research in Education 1 (9): 73-86. 2011.
    One central aspect of a healthy democracy is the practice of democratic dissent. For the first time in many years, dissent is being widely practiced in town hall meetings and on street corners across the United States. Despite this presence, dissent is often suppressed or omitted in the prescribed, tested, hidden, and external curriculum of US schools. This article calls for a realignment of these aspects of curriculum with both a guiding vision of ideal democracy and a realistic interpretation …Read more
  •  98
    Education for Citizenship in For-Profit Charter Schools?
    Journal of Curriculum Studies 2 (45): 251-276. 2013.
    Most Americans and many residents of other democratic countries hold public schools to the social and political goal of preparing children to be good citizens. This goal is being challenged by some new forms of schooling promoted through popular education reform movements, especially in the US. This article reveals potentially insurmountable conflicts between the beliefs and practices of one of those forms of schools, for-profit charter schools, and their public task of educating for citizenship…Read more
  •  34
    The right to dissent and its implications for schooling
    Educational Theory 62 (1): 41-58. 2012.
    In this article Sarah Stitzlein highlights an educational right that has been largely unacknowledged in the past but has recently gained significance given renewed citizen participation in displays of public outcry on our streets and in our town halls. Dissent is typically conceived of as a negative right—a liberty that guarantees that the government will not interfere with one's public self-expression. Stitzlein argues that, insofar as the legitimacy of the state depends on obtaining the consen…Read more
  •  30
    For-Profit Charter Schools and Threats to the Publicness of Public Schools
    Philosophical Studies in Education 1 (44): 88-99. 2013.
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    Reviving social hope and pragmatism in troubled times
    Journal of Philosophy of Education 43 (4): 657-663. 2009.
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    Conscience in the Curriculum, Not Opted out of it
    Philosophical Studies in Education 1 (45): 74-82. 2014.
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    In this essay, Sarah Stitzlein addresses a key current crisis in public education: accountability. Rather than centrally being about poor performance of teachers or inefficiency of schools, as we most often hear in media outlets and in education reform speeches, Stitzlein argues the crisis is at heart one about citizen responsibility and political legitimacy. She claims that the recent accountability movement has shifted the onus of curing society's problems almost exclusively onto schools, but …Read more
  •  19
    Illinois Project for Democratic Accountability
    with Walter Feinberg, Jennifer Greene, and Luis Miron
    Educational Studies 42 (2): 139-155. 2007.
    Education is experiencing a case of misplaced accountability, where an exclusive reliance on high stakes tests overlooks the more subtle judgments of teachers and professional educators and, because of its simplicity, passes as democratic. This article investigates the theoretical underpinnings of current accountability initiatives and draws upon extensive teacher interviews to reveal the practical aspects of accountability pressures in schools today. We provide a discussion of local teacher kno…Read more
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    Implications of Deweyan Non-Ideal Autonomy on Education Practice and Policy
    Philosophy of Education: Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Philosophy of Education Society 1 (1): 254-258. 2014.
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    Throughout his works, John Dewey makes deep and intriguing connections between democracy, education, and daily life. His ideas have contributed to both the theory and practice of participatory democracy and, although he actually “had surprisingly little to say about democratic citizenship” directly, his scholarship has influenced the ideas of others working on citizenship education and has provided rich notions of democracy, education, experience, and public life underlying it.1 However, Dewey c…Read more
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    Private Interests, Public Necessity: Responding to Sexism in Christian Schools
    Educational Studies: A Jrnl of the American Educ. Studies Assoc 43 (1): 45-57. 2008.
    This synthetic review aims to unite a seemingly disjoint collection of studies over the past 3 decades around their shared examination of sexism in an often overlooked U.S. population, namely girls attending private Christian schools. This undertaking reveals substantial harms that I categorize as those of immediacy and potentiality, which are occurring behind the protective wall separating church and state. Contra the majority of philosophers of education and researchers in this area, these stu…Read more
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    The Role of “Small Publics” in Teacher Dissent
    with Amy Rector-Aranda
    Educational Theory 66 (1-2): 165-180. 2016.
    In this essay, Sarah Stitzlein and Amy Rector-Aranda, drawing on John Dewey's theoretical suggestions regarding how to best form publics capable of bringing about change through deliberation and action, offer teachers guidance on how to form and navigate spaces of political protest and become more effective advocates for school reform. Using Aaron Schutz's analysis of teacher activism as a point of departure, Stitzlein and Rector-Aranda argue for the development in schools of “small publics,” th…Read more
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    Many teachers struggle to maintain or build hope among themselves and their students in today’s climate of high anxiety and low morale. This article describes and responds to those challenging conditions. It offers teachers and scholars of education a philosophically sophisticated and feasible understanding of hope. This notion of hope is grounded in pragmatism and grows out of the pragmatist commitment to meliorism. Hope is described as a way of living tied to specific contexts that brings toge…Read more
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    Free, open access book from Oxford University Press at link below. Democracy is struggling in America. Citizens increasingly feel cynical about our system and doubt they can influence public policy. Distrustful of other Americans and elected officials, some are even turning to authoritarian alternatives. Hyperpartisanship and recent contentious presidential elections have deepened political despair. While some citizens get swept up in optimism during campaign cycles, they often later find themse…Read more
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    Hoping and Democracy
    Contemporary Pragmatism 15 (2): 228-250. 2018.
    Too often, hope is described in individualist terms and in ways that do not help us understand contemporary democracy or offer ways to improve it. Instead, I develop an account of hope situated within pragmatist philosophy that is rooted in the experiences of individuals and grows out of real life circumstances, yet cannot be disconnected from social and political life. This account can help us to better face current political struggles related to hopelessness and despair, all the while building…Read more
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    Philosophy of education in a New Key: Snapshot 2020 from the United States and Canada
    with Liz Jackson, Kal Alston, Lauren Bialystok, Larry Blum, Nicholas C. Burbules, Ann Chinnery, David T. Hansen, Kathy Hytten, Cris Mayo, Trevor Norris, Winston C. Thompson, Leonard Waks, Michael A. Peters, and Marek Tesar
    Educational Philosophy and Theory 1-17. forthcoming.
    This article shares reflections from members of the community of philosophers of education in the United States and Canada who were invited to express their insights in response to the theme ‘Snaps...
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    Reviving Social Hope and Pragmatism in Troubled Times
    Philosophy of Education 43 (4): 657-663. 2009.
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    Teaching for Dissent looks at the implications of new forms of dissent for educational practice. The reappearance of dissent in political meetings and street protests opens new possibilities for improved democratic life and citizen participation. This book argues that this possibility will not be fulfilled if schools do not cultivate the skills necessary for our citizens to engage in political dissent. The authors look at how practices in schools, such as the testing regime and the 'hidden curri…Read more
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    Public school systems are central to a flourishing democracy, where children learn how to solve problems together, build shared identities, and come to value justice and liberty for all. However, as citizen support for public schools steadily declines, our democratic way of life is increasingly at risk. Often, we hear about the poor performances of students and teachers in the public school system, but as author Sarah M. Stitzlein asserts in her compelling new volume, the current educational cri…Read more
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    Author Meets Critics
    Philosophy of Education 19-30. forthcoming.
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    Every day teachers encounter moments of racial and gender tension in their classrooms. In the most drastic cases, these situations erupt into overt conflict or violence, while in other instances they go largely unnoted. Such incidents reveal that despite equality legislation and the good intentions of many teachers, racial and gender problems persist. How can teachers more effectively handle these moments? How can they prevent them in the future? This book is the first to unite two major schools…Read more
  • Curriculum and the Conscience of Parents
    Philosophy of Education: Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Philosophy of Education Society 1 (1): 1. 2013.
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