Volume 26, No.4 - Summer 2012

Volume 26, No.4 - Summer 2012
Cover Story

Facing Cancer

Social justice in biology class

A high school science teacher expands her curriculum to include the impact of cancer on her students lives, and the environmental, social, and political realities of who gets sick and who gets treated.

Facing Cancer
Features

The Danger of a Single Story

Writing essays about our lives

A master teacher responds to the endangerment of our youth with powerful essays and powerful essay writing.

The Danger of a Single Story

From Johannesburg to Tucson

The courage, determination, and political insight of Tucson students bring to mind students who battled for liberatory education in South Africa.

From Johannesburg to Tucson

Immigration, Sports, and Resistance

An interview with Carlos Borja

After Carlos Borja built an award-winning track team, he was fired for refusing to oust his assistant coach, who was undocumented.

Immigration, Sports, and Resistance

Fracking

In the end, we're all downstream

A 9th-grade social studies teacher uses Gasland to help her students explore the environmental and social impact of hydraulic extraction of natural gas.

Fracking

King Corn

Teaching the food crisis

King Corn follows an acre of corn to market and a future as ethanol, food sweeteners, and animal feed. The journey anchors a curriculum on the international food crisis and how much choice we have over what we eat.

King Corn

Taking Teacher Quality Seriously

A collaborative approach to teacher evaluation

If test-based evaluation of teachers is unfair and unreliable, whats a better approach? A negotiated union/district plan in Montgomery County, Maryland, offers an alternative.

Taking Teacher Quality Seriously

Professional Development

New terrain for big business?

Race to the Top timelines create pressure on winning states to farm out professional development. Is online "canned" PD the wave of the future?

Professional Development