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A high school social studies teacher argues for rethinking how we teach civics so that students learn that organizing, activism, and civil disobedience are as important as the Constitution.
Back in the 1980s, I taught an elective class at Jefferson High School in Portland, Oregon, called Literature and Social Change. It centered around the questions “What is a good society and how can we get there?”
News from Rethinking Schools
In the wake of the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery — and as communities across the United States erupt in rebellion against police violence, systemic racism, dehumanization, and injustice, we know that it is now more important than ever that our classrooms and homes be spaces for resistance against white supremacy.
The INDIES recognize the best books published in 2019 from small, indie, and university presses, as well as self-published authors.
Read the Special Dedication from the Editors of Rethinking Ethnic Studies.
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.