Teaching Voting Rights in the Time of Coronavirus

What Our Students Should Know About the Struggle for the Ballot — but Won’t Learn from Their Textbooks

By Ursula Wolfe-Rocca

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Fall 2020

Pledge to Participate in the Black Lives Matter at School “Year of Purpose”

By Black Lives Matter at School

For the fall issue, in lieu of our regular editorial by Rethinking Schools editors, we are publishing most of the “Year of Purpose” call by Black Lives Matter at School. Rethinking Schools urges our readers to find ways to participate in this important effort.

Teaching the Radical Rosa Parks

By Bill Bigelow

Mrs. Parks may be the most famous woman in 20th-century U.S. history, but in the conventional curriculum and popular imagination, she remains “trapped on the bus.” Rethinking Schools curriculum editor Bill Bigelow developed a mixer role play that animates Mrs. Parks’ decades of activism.

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About Rethinking Schools

Rethinking Schools began in 1986, when a group of Milwaukee education activists — teachers, teacher educators, and community members — met to talk about how they could bring more critical voices into the conversation about public schools and libraries. These founding Rethinking Schools editors saw a school curriculum that was conservative, dumbed-down, and dominated by corporate-produced textbooks. Inappropriate standardized testing was rampant. Racial bias infected every level of schooling.