Defend African American Studies

Winter 2022-23

The Chilling Effects of So-Called Critical Race Theory Bans

By Laura Beth Kelly, Laura Taylor, Cara Djonko-Moore, and Aixa D. Marchand

Teacher educators describe how teachers interpret Tennessee’s “Prohibited Concepts in Instruction” law; vague language suppresses — educators resist.

Peacekeepers and Peacemakers

Fifth graders explore what we do when peace doesn’t already exist

By Erin Green

Green and her students critique the idea that good citizens follow rules, and then study activists who make — rather than keep — peace in the face of injustice.

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Rethinking Schools is the country’s leading grassroots magazine for social and racial justice in education.

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.