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Radical childhoodsSchooling and the struggle for social change$
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Jessica Gerrard

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780719090219

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719090219.001.0001

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‘We are our own educators!’

‘We are our own educators!’

black educational authority, gender and community control

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(p.155) 6 ‘We are our own educators!’
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Radical childhoods
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Jessica Gerrard

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719090219.003.0006

Chapter 6 turns to a consideration of BSS practices and their relationship to the state. First, this chapter examines the reclamation of educational authority made by BSSs, and the inter-relationship between this and the campaign demand for state schools to be accountable for their failure to educate black children. Following from this, second, the creation of black pedagogues and pedagogies, as community-based enactments of educational authority, are examined. Here in particular, gender narratives come to the fore through the ways in which men and women practiced their educational authority. Last, this chapter turns to the changing dynamics between the BSS movement and the state, and ways in which BSS teachers traversed the complex dual principles of community-control and government responsibility. As is explored, the slow and piecemeal incorporation of BSSs into local governmental funding mechanisms into the 1980s brought significant change – and challenge – for this community-based schooling movement.

Keywords:   educational authority, educational accountability, community-based schooling, gender, women, education and the state, community control, government funding, state schools

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