This is a book review for Sketches in Democracy: Notes from an Urban Classroom written by Lisa DeLorenzo, a professor of music education at Montclair State University. DeLorenzo took an extraordinary leap of faith by using her sabbatical year to teach for the very first time within an urban school setting. Her recognition of her limitations in preparing preservice teachers for an urban school environment without herself having had that experience speaks volumes of her reflective capabilities, which she also employed in writing this thought-provoking analytical narrative of her experience teaching in a newly fledged charter conceived as a democratic school. The author succeeded in providing a rich contextual description of what it means to be an urban teacher and this book serves as a jumping off point for preservice teachers to develop appropriate urban teaching philosophies.
Busch, K. C.
Appropriate Urban Teaching Philosophies. A Book Review of Sketches in Democracy: Notes from an Urban Classroom.
Democracy and Education,
(1), Article 10.
Available at: http://democracyeducationjournal.org/home/vol21/iss1/10