How do we bring the fight to protect and transform public schools into our classrooms? How do we connect our classrooms to the struggles in the streets? As the crisis over public education escalates, activist teachers are experimenting with new approaches.
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.
Volume 25, No.4 - Summer 2011
A Madison elementary school teacher returns from occupying the Capitol to help her students put the events in context and decide how they want to participate.
A Milwaukee 3rd-grade teacher uses Martins Big Words to explain that social change can take a very long time.
Students fight to perform their rewrite of Antigone
Declassified is a student-created play about a NYC school closure. When administrators try to shut the play down, a viral protest lets the show go on.
A 4th-grade curriculum lies through omission
Rethinking Schools exposes links between Scholastic and the coal industry. Three days later, Scholastic promises to stop distributing pro-coal curriculum.
The media splash around Amy Chuas writings about Chinese mothers exploits Asian stereotypes, exacerbating racial tensions and creating additional obstacles for vulnerable youth.
A trial role play probes the roots of devastation in Haiti
Who was responsible for the enormous impact of the earthquake in Haiti? High school students use a mock trial to explore the economic, social, and political background to the tragedy.
The U.S. military advocates for early childhood education, but for all the wrong reasons.
A faculty boat trip becomes a metaphor for a school condemned to closure.
What we learned when we took the Praxis Reading Specialist Test
Teacher educators are disturbed by the implications of the high-stakes test for literacy specialists.
IndyKids and kids’ right to an independent press. A current events magazine for young people, written from a social justice perspective, has to fight for space in public libraries.