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Book Review: An Activist Handbook for the Education Revolution
India is passing through the phase of change in education policy with the new government at the centre and this book is relevant to understand what education is all about and how to revamp it to reclaim its true essence. The book talks about educational revolution instead of tinkering with education here and there or doing patch work that favours the powerful.
The book has been edited by the educational activists of 'United Opt Out National' of the US that serves as a focused point of unyielding resistance to corporate-driven educational reforms and insists upon an education that prepares students to exercise compassionate and critical decision making with human values and civic virtues.

Edited by Peggy Robertson, Rosemarie Jensen, and Ceresta Smith, it has the contributions from educational thinkers and activists such as Rosemarie Jensen, Shaun Johnson, Morna McDermott, Laurie Murphy, Peggy Robertson, Ruth Rodriguez, Tim Slekar, Ceresta Smith. The book is full of thought provoking ideas plies and propositions to completely revamp the education system for sake of children.

The book urges teachers, educators, educationists, parents, community leaders, activists and parents to reclaim the public narrative around education policy in the American context which is equally tenable in Indian situation.

Published by Information Age Pub Incorporated, the book includes the articles and write-up which have provocative titles like: A Chronicle of Echoes; Reign of Error; Detesting and Degrading Schools, etc. that expose the complex corporate interest in shaping education policies and the destructive influence such policies have on nation's children and democracy.

The book spread over 216 pages in paperback uses first person narratives infused with critical analysis, first hand experiences, research and scholarship, to create personalized accounts into the life of education activism.

To make the book practical and action-oriented, each topic includes an 'Activists Handbook Section' to provide support for our activists or readers to swing into action and gear up for making efforts at various levels to influence educational policy and resist all which put education in wrong hands.

Elsewhere, the book has drawn attention at nationally publicised debates and discord over educational policies and of teachers, parents, and whole communities to resist the wrongs being done to education. This book should be read by teachers, educators, NGO functionaries, social activists, opinion leaders, community leaders and parents to know the games powerful people and market forces play to turn education into a tool of control and personal benefits.

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