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Race and Civic Myths: Troubling Patriotism, Civic Altruism, and the American Dream

Thu Nov 29 9:00 am to 10:15 am
Columbus EF, Ballroom Level, East Tower

Christine Stanton, Montana State University

This is a story of who America is: Utilizing cultural memories as the foundation to Black civic identity

Discussant:Jane Lo, Florida State University

This qualitative study investigates how preservice elementary teachers crafted narratives of their family's history during the Great Migration. Using an Endarkened feminist framework, the author examines the process in which two African American preservice teachers (re)membered their family history and cultural memories as a foundation to civic identity formation.
Amanda Vickery, Arizona State University


Patriotism as Critique: Students' Thoughts on their Country and the Critical Teaching of U.S. History


This ethnographic study examines students' attitudes toward patriotism and their country in the context of two critical U.S. History classrooms. Contrary to beliefs that critique of country instills disaffection in students, critical teaching actually enhanced students' drive to make their country more just, particularly with students from historically marginalized groups.
Hillary Parkhouse, Virginia Commonwealth University


Whose American story: Two self-studies of unsettling national myths and civic identities in university classrooms


This paper's authors unsettle their students' understandings of the United States history and contemporary issues. Engaged in self-study of their teaching in education and transdisciplinary courses, the authors analyze how they and their students deconstruct and reconstruct specific ways of thinking and teaching about the U.S. and American identities
Mark Helmsing, George Mason University; Sarah Shear, Pennsylvania State University-Altoona


America and the myth: Hip-Hop Based Education and the possibilities for disruption in economics


The notion of the American dream is a prevalent theme within the K-12 economics curriculum. The realization of this dream has been elusive for m