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Volume 26, No.3 - Spring 2012

Volume 26, No.3 - Spring 2012
Cover Story

Accountable to Our Students — Accountable to Their Communities

Rethinking Schools has assembled two new books that focus on what teachers are really accountable for: the learning, empowerment, and well-being of their students. In this section of the magazine, we are honored to offer five new articles from those books.

Accountable to Our Students — Accountable to Their Communities

A Message from a Black Mom to Her Son

An African American mother and teacher educator uses examples from her own childhood to describe how she hopes her child will be treated by teachers, and what she fears.

A Message from a Black Mom to Her Son

Writing for Justice

An elementary school teacher takes us inside his classroom to see how he builds on his students' lives and passions to help them create persuasive essays.

Writing for Justice

About Those Tests I Gave You ...

An open letter to my students

A middle school language arts teacher apologizes to her students for the states narrow and deceptive standardized test.

About Those Tests I Gave You ...

Testing Our Limits

First graders, three at a time, use classroom computers to take standardized tests. Their teacher explains the impact on the students and herself.

Testing Our Limits

Playing Smart

Scripted curriculum de-skills teachers and rewards students for passivity, not critical thinking. A teacher educator urges teachers to organize and fight back.

Playing Smart
Other Features

Challenging Corporate Ed Reform

And 10 Hopeful Signs of Resistance

The failures of the corporate education "reform" movement leave it vulnerable to genuine grassroots school transformation.

Challenging Corporate Ed Reform

Sin Fronteras Boy

Students Create Collaborative Websites to Explore the Border

Fourth-grade English language learners use wikis to study border issues and gain literacy skills.

Sin Fronteras Boy

Dirty Oil and Shovel-Ready Jobs

A Role Play on Tar Sands and the Keystone XL Pipeline

High school students learn about the conflict over the pipeline by participating in a role play.

Dirty Oil and Shovel-Ready Jobs