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Volume 24, No.2 - Winter 2009/2010

Volume 24, No.2 - Winter 2009/2010
Issue Theme: READING FOR JUSTICE
Too often, students are taught to see reading in the narrowest sense, as an exercise in putting one word after the next and being ready to parrot back. Real reading is a conversation: We get excited, disgusted, confused, inspired—full of ideas and feelings we want to share. This issue of Rethinking Schools highlights approaches and resources for encouraging students toward deep involvement and critical thinking about literature.

"Save the Muslim Girl!"

Does popular young adult fiction about Muslim girls build understanding or reinforce stereotypes?

"Save the Muslim Girl!"

Baghdad Burning Heats Up World History

It’s always a struggle to work current events into history classes. A blog by a young Iraqi woman about her day-to-day life in Baghdad provides an opportunity to connect the medieval Abbasid Empire to today’s news.

<em>Baghdad Burning</em> Heats Up World History

Reading by the Numbers

Does Accelerated Reading really promote a love of literature, or just a love of points? Harry Potter scores 44; Hamlet gets 7.

Reading by the Numbers

Beyond the Medal: Representations of Disability in Caldecott Winners

We often think of Caldecott books as the gold standard for picture books. Here the authors of "10 Quick Ways to Analyze Children's Books for Ableism" look at what these prize-winning books tell young children about disability.

Beyond the Medal: Representations of Disability in Caldecott Winners

Adding Salt to 'Class' Literature: Barbara O'Connor's Books for Young Readers

Chapter books that portray working-class lives with sensitivity, humor, and respect.

Adding Salt to 'Class' Literature: Barbara O'Connor's Books for Young Readers

Breaking the Silence on War

We are now in the ninth year of the U.S. war in Afghanistan and the seventh year of the current war in Iraq. In classrooms throughout the United States, as in the streets, there is little critical discussion of these events they have become part of the wallpaper of life. Why has this happened? How can we break the silence?

Breaking the Silence on War

"I Thought This U.S. Place Was Supposed To Be About Freedom"

Young Latinas engage in mathematics and social change to save their school

A 5th-grade math club contributes skills and determination to a community struggle to keep their school open.

"I Thought This U.S. Place Was Supposed To Be About Freedom"

Balance of Powers

Good teaching has a balance of powers: gut, heart, and brain.

Balance of Powers

Testing Kindergarten

You may not believe how many tests kindergartners takeand what they are missing as a result.

Testing Kindergarten

Portland to Palestine: A Student-to-Student Project Evokes Empathy and Curiosity

U.S. students talk directly with Palestinian youth and learn what it is like to live in a war zone.

Portland to Palestine: A Student-to-Student Project Evokes Empathy and Curiosity

Kalamazoo's Promise: What Happens When All Students Are Guaranteed College

An exciting scholarship exposes racial tensions in a Michigan city.

Kalamazoo's Promise: What Happens When All Students Are Guaranteed College