Volume 25, No.4 - Summer 2011

Volume 25, No.4 - Summer 2011
Cover Stories

Teaching for Hope and Activism

How do we bring the fight to protect and transform public schools into our classrooms? How do we connect our classrooms to the struggles in the streets? As the crisis over public education escalates, activist teachers are experimenting with new approaches.

Teaching for Hope and Activism

Teaching and Learning in the Midst of the Wisconsin Uprising

A Madison elementary school teacher returns from occupying the Capitol to help her students put the events in context and decide how they want to participate.

Teaching and Learning in the Midst of the Wisconsin Uprising

Teaching Budget Cuts to Third Graders

A Milwaukee 3rd-grade teacher uses Martins Big Words to explain that social change can take a very long time.

Teaching Budget Cuts to Third Graders
Cover Story

Declassified - Struggle for Existence (We Used to Eat Lunch Together)

Students fight to perform their rewrite of Antigone

Declassified is a student-created play about a NYC school closure. When administrators try to shut the play down, a viral protest lets the show go on.

Declassified - Struggle for Existence (We Used to Eat Lunch Together)
Features

Scholastic Inc - Pushing Coal

A 4th-grade curriculum lies through omission

Rethinking Schools exposes links between Scholastic and the coal industry. Three days later, Scholastic promises to stop distributing pro-coal curriculum.

Scholastic Inc - Pushing Coal

Tiger Moms and the Model Minority Myth

The media splash around Amy Chuas writings about Chinese mothers exploits Asian stereotypes, exacerbating racial tensions and creating additional obstacles for vulnerable youth.

Tiger Moms and the Model Minority Myth

Te Tremble - An Unnatural Disaster

A trial role play probes the roots of devastation in Haiti

Who was responsible for the enormous impact of the earthquake in Haiti? High school students use a mock trial to explore the economic, social, and political background to the tragedy.

Te Tremble - An Unnatural Disaster

Early Childhood Military Education?

The U.S. military advocates for early childhood education, but for all the wrong reasons.

Early Childhood Military Education?

My Failing School

A faculty boat trip becomes a metaphor for a school condemned to closure.

My Failing School

Testing What Matters Least

What we learned when we took the Praxis Reading Specialist Test

Teacher educators are disturbed by the implications of the high-stakes test for literacy specialists.

Testing What Matters Least

Shhh!! No Opinions in the Library

IndyKids and kids’ right to an independent press. A current events magazine for young people, written from a social justice perspective, has to fight for space in public libraries.

Shhh!! No Opinions in the Library
Departments

This Is What Solidarity Looks Like

Book Review

Reshaping the American Dream

Lessons from Detroit
Good Stuff

What’s in a Name?

Action Education

Save Our Schools