How State Standards Misteach the Meaning of One of the United States’ Most Important Eras

By Ursula Wolfe-Rocca


Fall 2021

Confronting the Right-Wing Attacks on Racial Justice Teaching

By the Editors of Rethinking Schools

As of the middle of August, more than two dozen states have introduced — and 11 states have enacted — bills or rules to restrict the teaching of history and contemporary social realities. Right-wing activists have mounted similar attacks at school board meetings throughout the country. This stunning barrage of legislation and policies aims to ban teaching critical race theory (CRT), and supposedly “divisive topics” in the curriculum.

But the real target is the truth.

The People v. the Hip-Hop

By Jessica A. Rucker

A high school teacher and her students question “Who owns and controls hip-hop?” — and put the hip-hop industry on trial. 

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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.