Confronting the Right-Wing Attacks on Racial Justice Teaching


Summer 2021

More Than McCarthyism: Activists Our Students Deserve to Know

By Ursula Wolfe-Rocca

Wolfe-Rocca critiques textbooks’ focus on McCarthyism and describes how, instead, she centers radical activists who have been victims of ongoing government harassment and repression.

The Story of a Seed: Food Sovereignty in an Elementary Classroom

By Caitlin Blood

An agriculture teacher describes teaching “every seed has a story” with 1st graders by honoring the story of, and planting, the Makah Ozette potato. 

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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.