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It's Imperialism.

How the textbooks get the Cold War wrong

A high school teacher critiques the textbook treatment of the Cold War and U.S. imperialism. She describes her approach to the “curricular conundrum” that the Cold War presents because it lasted so long, and was so far-flung. ""If we are ever to create a different world, one in which the United States does not cast an outsized and militarized shadow across the globe, we need our students to understand how and why that shadow was created in the first place."

It's Imperialism.

Medical Apartheid: Teaching the Tuskegee Syphilis Study

Students in a bioethics class are horrified to learn about the Tuskegee Syphilis Study, during which African American men were denied treatment for syphilis. They draw connections to other medical injustices and write their own codes of ethics for medical research.

Medical Apartheid: Teaching the Tuskegee Syphilis Study

Teaching Ideas for "Quaking Conversation"

Spring 2010By Lenelle Moïse I want to talk about Haiti. How the earth had to break the island’s spine to wake the world up to her screaming. How this post-earthquake crisis is not natural or supernatural. I want to talk about disasters. How men make them with embargoes, exploitation, stigma, sabotage, scalding debt & cold shoulders. Talk centuries of political corruption so commonplace it’s lukewarm, tap. Talk January 1, 1804 &...

Teaching Ideas for "Quaking Conversation"

One Long Struggle for Justice

An Interview with historian Howard Zinn

In his last recorded broadcast, Zinn holds forth on Haiti, persistent silences in the curriculum, and early influences in his lifebefore offering advice to new teachers.

One Long Struggle for Justice

Teaching Unsung Heroes

A list of first-person roles that students can play, as described in Bill Bigelow's article .

Teaching          Unsung Heroes

What We Want, What We Believe

A teacher uses the Black Panther's Ten Point Program to prompt students to consider today's big issues.

What We Want, What We Believe

Raised by Women

Building classroom relationships through poetry.

Raised by Women

Teaching to the Heart

Poetry, Climate Change, and Sacred Spaces

Using Marshallese poet and climate justice activist Kathy Jetñil-Kijiner’s poem “Dear Matafele Peinam,” a teacher helps 7th graders think about the sacred spaces in their own lives and how they will be a ected by climate change.

Teaching to the Heart

Elementary Student T-Shirt Workers Go on Strike

An elementary school teacher uses his students’ T-shirts to launch a lesson about child labor, basic economics, factories, unions, and strikes. "When I was a child, I remember 'playing pretend' with my cousins. We could be anyone we imagined, and in that moment, we were those people. Why not use that energy and imagination as a resource? When we use our imagination to walk in another’s shoes, that’s where real learning begins."

Elementary Student T-Shirt Workers Go on Strike

Editorial: Defending Immigrant Students — in the Streets and in Our Classrooms

It has always been an educator’s responsibility to act in solidarity with vulnerable students. But with President Donald Trump’s September declaration that he will end DACA, we are called on to be more audacious, more resolute, and more imaginative in our solidarity with the 800,000 undocumented young people who now face a frightening uncertainty about their future in the United States.

Editorial: Defending Immigrant Students — in the Streets and in Our Classrooms

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