Volume 28, No.2 - Winter 2013/2014

Volume 28, No.2 - Winter 2013/2014
Cover Story

The Problems with the Common Core

The rollout of the Common Core has seemed more like a marketing campaign than an educational plan. A look at the funders, origins, and uses of the new standards shows why the pushback is building.

The Problems with the Common Core

La problemática de los Estándares Comunes Estatales

La introducción de los Estándares Comunes se ha parecido más a una campaña publicitaria que a un plan educativo. Un análisis de los fondos, orígenes y usos de los nuevos estándares demuestra por qué la resistencia en contra de ellos está creciendo.

La problemática de los Estándares Comunes Estatales

Martin Luther King Jr. and the Common Core

A critical reading of close reading

The chief architect of the Common Core created a model lesson of a close reading of King's “Letter from Birmingham Jail.” A teacher from Birmingham compares that to King's own critical reading of the “word” and the “world.”

Martin Luther King Jr. and the Common Core
Features

Trayvon Martin and My Students

Writing toward justice

President Obama's speech about the Zimmerman acquittal in Trayvon Martin's murder—and Cornel West's response—are rich sources for students learning how to analyze, evaluate, and critique.

Trayvon Martin and My Students

Sex Talk on the Carpet

Incorporating gender and sexuality into 5th-grade curriculum

Instead of leaving “the puberty talk” to the nurse, an elementary teacher incorporates age-appropriate discussion into her regular classroom routine.

Sex Talk on the Carpet

Hablar de sexo en el salón de clases

Incorporar el género y la sexualidad en el currículo de 5to Grado

En lugar de dejarle “la charla” sobre la pubertad a la enfermera de la escuela, una maestra de primaria incorpora a las rutinas de la clase discusiones adecuadas para la edad de sus alumnos.

Hablar de sexo en el salón de clases

Looking for Justice at Turkey Creek

Out of the classroom and into the past

High school students embed themselves in a community's history and people when they study the impact of “development” on historically African American Turkey Creek in Gulfport, Mississippi.

Looking for Justice at Turkey Creek

Greed as a Weapon

Teaching the other war in Iraq

A high school teacher uses a role-play to explore the economic dimensions of the war in Iraq.

Greed as a Weapon