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