Schools Reopen — and Teachers Fight for Their Lives, Their Students, and the Future of Public Education
By Sarah Jaffe
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How Google Classroom Erases Trans Students
A teacher looks at the way Google Classroom erases their trans students during the pandemic by not letting them use their chosen name in online learning.
Coronavirus and Our Schools
Educators Speak Out
We asked a group of teachers and students to write about their experience of school during the pandemic. We left it open-ended, but suggested they write about a particular experience that stood out, or if there were moments of solidarity they witnessed, or how they have seen students, parents, and other teachers being affected. We also asked what kinds of inequalities they’ve seen, and what their hopes and fears are for public education in a post-pandemic world. Here’s how they responded . . .
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.