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Editorial: Queering Schools
By The Editors of Rethinking Schools
How can we create classrooms and schools where discrimination and assumptions about gender and/or sexuality don’t keep us from nurturing every child, parent, and staff member?
"Aren’t There Any Poor Gay People Besides Me?"
Teaching LGBTQ issues in the rural SouthBy Stephanie Anne Shelton
A teacher redesigns her curriculum to support a gay student. As the classroom community strengthens, they confront the impact of poverty and geographic isolation.
500 Square Feet of Respect
Queering a study of the criminal justice systemBy Adam Grant Kelley
Facing conflict fueled by racism and homophobia at his school, a teacher develops curriculum for the school-to-prison pipeline aimed at building bridges and academic skills.
Organizing Resistance to Teach for America
By Kerry Kretchmar, Beth Sondel
Former TFA corps members join with parents, students, and veteran teachers to organize a people’s assembly and nationalize efforts against TFA.
An Open Letter to New Teach For America Recruits
By Katie Osgood
A Chicago teacher urges TFA recruits to think twice before they sign up.
Teach For America: A Voice of Dissent
By Mariah Dickinson
A former TFA corps member describes her experiences inside TFA, beginning with the cultlike atmosphere of the training.
By Christy Stevens
When a substitute is insensitive to a fragile student, her classmates look to Thoreau for inspiration about how to respond.
- Desobediencia civil Por Christy Stevens
Environmental Crime on Trial
Students probe the BP oil spillBy Brady Bennon
The 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill coincided with my first year of teaching modern world history at a high school in Portland, Oregon.
By Deborah Menkart
Kadir Nelson’s acclaimed picture book Mandela portrays Nelson Mandela as an isolated hero, ignoring the movement of which he was an integral part.
- Creando el mito de Mandela Por Deborah Menkart | Traducido por Nicholas Yurchenco
- The Gathering Resistance to Standardized Tests By The Editors of Rethinking Schools
- Aumentando la resistencia en contra de los exámenes estandarizados Por the editors of Rethinking Schools
- Ed Alert: Military Teaches Our Kids By Seth Kershner
Ed Alert: The GED Goes Private
Selling Off Second ChancesBy Mich Levy, Lee Gargagliano, Annika Butler-Wall
- Victory for Portland Teachers By Elizabeth Thiel
Testing Boycott in Chicago
Call for Congressional Investigation of High-Stakes Testing
- When a Picture Book Is Subversive By Rachel Cloues
- Our picks for books, videos, websites, and other social justice education resources.
For almost two decades, teachers have looked to Reading, Writing, and Rising Up as a trusted text to integrate social justice teaching in language arts classrooms.
This new and expanded edition collects the best articles dealing with race and culture in the classroom that have appeared in Rethinking Schools magazine.
Five years in the making, A People’s Curriculum for the Earth is a collection of articles, role plays, simulations, stories, poems, and graphics to help breathe life into teaching about the environmental crisis.