The Power in the Room: Radical Education Through Youth Organizing and Employment, Jay Gillen
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The Power in the Room: Radical Education Through Youth Organizing and Employment

Author: Jay Gillen

Narrator: Ron Butler

Unabridged: 7 hr 11 min

Format: Digital Audiobook

Publisher: Penguin Random House Audio

Published: 09/24/2019

Genre: Education - Educational Policy & Reform

Synopsis

How community-centered, peer-to-peer, youth knowledge exchanges are evolving into a strong economic and political foundation on which to build radical public education.

Following in the rich traditions in African American cooperative economic and educational thought, teacher-organizer Jay Gillen describes the Baltimore Algebra Project (BAP) as a youth-run cooperative enterprise in which young people direct their peers' and their own learning for a wage. BAP and similar enterprises are creating an educational network of empowered, employed students.

Gillen argues that this is a proactive political, economic, and educational structure that builds relationships among and between students and their communities. It's a structure that meets communal needs--material and social, economic and political--both now and in the future. Through the story of the Baltimore Algebra Project, readers will learn why youth employment is a priority, how to develop democratic norms and cultures, how to foster positive community roles for 20-30 year-olds, and how to implement educational accountability from below.

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