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  • Free The Library That Target Built

    By Rachel Cloues

    When Target donated a library “makeover” to a San Francisco elementary school, the district’s anti-branding policy wasn’t enough to keep the students from being engulfed by corporate messaging.

  • Free La biblioteca que construyó Target

    Por Rachel Cloues | Traducido por Nicholas Yurchenco

    Cuando Target le donó a una escuela primaria en San Francisco la remodelación de su biblioteca, la política del distrito en contra de las marcas no fue suficiente para impedir que los estudiantes fueran bombardeados por mensajes corporativos.

  • Disarming the Nuclear Family

    Creating a classroom book that reflects the class

    By Willow McCormick

    Most children’s books—even those with animals as the protagonists—portray families with two heterosexual parents. A 2nd-grade teacher has her students create a book that represents their own more diverse families.

  • Free El desarme de la familia nuclear

    Un libro que refleje la realidad del salón de clases

    Por Willow McCormick | Traducido por César Peña-Sandoval

    La mayoría de libros para niños –hasta los que usan animales como protagonistas– retratan a las familias con dos padres heterosexuales. Una maestra de 2do grado pide que sus estudiantes creen un libro que represente la diversidad de sus propias familias.

  • Free “May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor”

    Teaching class and collective action with The Hunger Games

    By Elizabeth Marshall, Matthew Rosati

    The Hunger Games becomes the basis for a role play that deepens students’ understanding of social class and its impact on alliances and resistance.

  • Free “Que las probabilidades estén siempre a su favor”

    Enseñar sobre las clases sociales y la acción colectiva a través de Los juegos del hambre (The Hunger Games)

    Por Elizabeth Marshall, Matthew Rosati

    Los juegos del hambre se usa como base para una dramatización que profundiza el conocimiento de los estudiantes sobre la clase social y cómo esta impacta las alianzas y la resistencia.

  • '12 Years a Slave': Breaking Silences About Slavery

    By Jeremy Stoddard

    A teacher educator puts the award-winning 12 Years a Slave in the context of other films used to teach about slavery.

  • Features
  • Free Singing Up Our Ancestors

    By Linda Christensen

    Students learn some cultural history, “raise the bones” of a biographical poem, and then write their own.

  • Free Independence or Catastrophe?

    Teaching Palestine through multiple perspectives

    By Samia Shoman

    A social studies teacher uses conflicting narratives to engage students in studying the history of Palestine/Israel, focusing on the events of 1948.

  • Free Carbon Matters

    Middle school students get carbon cycle literate

    By Jana Dean

    A 6th-grade teacher uses the carbon cycle to help students understand climate change. Along the way, she deals with a parent who wants her to give equal time to “climate change is a myth.”

  • Departments Free
  • Our picks for books, videos, websites, and other social justice education resources.
  • Good Stuff
  • Affirmations

    By Herbert Kohl
  • Letter from the Editors
  • Targeting Books and Films

    By the editors of Rethinking Schools
  • In Memoriam
  • In Memoriam: David McLimans

    By Patrick J.B. Flynn

In Memoriam: David McLimans

In Memoriam: David McLimans

Since 2003, David McLimans (1948–2014) contributed significant illustration art to these pages, most recently for the articles about Teach For America in Rethinking Schools’ spring 2014 issue (pp. 39 and 42). Tragically, David passed away on the first day of spring this year. He was the dearest of friends and a major contributor to my long career as an art director. It’s one thing to lose a close friend, quite another to experience the absence of a true collaborator, one I leaned on heavily while art director for Rethinking Schools. He was one of those rare illustrators to whom I could assign most any problem and feel confident that he’d respond with a smart and visually stunning graphic solution.

As close friends in Madison, we spent countless hours taking long walks, conversing, sometimes ranting, about our world and its problems. In spite of all the woe, David was never one to express anger. He preferred bemusement and humor, creating wonderful art that mattered. He invited the viewer to enter into an understanding through the deft application of typography, symbolism, texture, color, and a profound sense of form.
David McLimans the artist still lives, speaking through his art, still illustrating our human condition. Here are but a few examples of David’s graphic art, created in sympathy with the idea of teaching and the hope of a more just world.
—Patrick JB Flynn, former art director, Rethinking Schools