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Abstract

Ferris describes how she taught her son to resist in his kindergarten classroom while drawing on her own experiences as an educator. Their experience draws attention to common teaching methods that do not promote socialization or free thinking. This also highlights the issues that can arise when the value system of a school does not align with a family's own beliefs - especially when alternative schools are not a viable option.

Author Biography

Christine Ferris graduated from Bank Street College in 1991 and now lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Christopher Earl, and her children, Owen and Lucy. She taught in an independent school from 1992 to 1999. In 1999 she began teaching and supervising student teachers for Antioch University. She has since gone back to the elementary classroom, teaching a K-1 class at Valley Community Charter School.

 

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