School funding systems mirror—and reproduce—the inequality we see all around us.
Virginia professors take on the state’s attempt to eliminate Social Foundations of Education” from required course work.”
Two Chicago educators question the premier teacher education accrediting agency’s removal of social justice and sexual orientation language from its standards.
Eighth graders finally get what they ask for: an algebra lesson for the real world.”
Teacher and students discover that even critically acclaimed literature can disenfranchise as well as empower.
Rethinking Schools rolls out an updated and expanded version of our bestselling guide to teaching for social justice.
“Is Mr. Smith a White Guy?” I then changed the topic, volunteering to be a contemporary example. “OK, so the next question is: Is Mr. Smith a white man? Yes […]
The strange and offensive history of Ten Little Indians” (Hint: They weren’t always called “Indians.”)
Viviana, who had only lived in the United States for two years, walked nervously to the speaker’s podium at a press conference on the steps of her high school. Although […]
Do small schools change teaching practice?
Emiliano Santiago. Not many of our students know his name. But they should. Santiago joined the Oregon Army National Guard on June 28, 1996, shortly after his high school graduation […]
An AP calculus class at a prestigious boarding school doesn’t seem a likely venue for student reflection on privilege and wealth. But when I taught a group of academically inclined […]
Reclaiming the democratic vision of small school reform.
The principal of Brooklyn’s El Puente Academy for Peace and Justice shows how art can connect students with their communities.
My students’ home terrain consists — at least on the surface — of houses, streets, schools, and stores. Like many urban kids, the bit of unpaved, unfenced nature my second […]
A unit on gender stereotypes inspires students to take action.
Profiling an African American teacher on Chicago’s south side.
Things to think about before the laptops arrive in your classroom.
A 3rd-grade teacher uses thousands of pieces of macaroni to facilitate a lesson about fractions and to spur classroom conversations about wealth inequality.
In late January, authorities at the Danville Correctional Center in east-central Illinois removed more than 200 titles from the prison’s library. One of the books that was confiscated was the Rethinking Schools book Rethinking Our Classrooms: Teaching for Equity and Justice, first published in 1994 and edited by Bill Bigelow, Linda Christensen, Stan Karp, Barbara Miner, and Bob Peterson.
President Obama’s speech about the Zimmerman acquittal in Trayvon Martin’s murder and Cornel West’s response are rich sources for students learning how to analyze, evaluate, and critique.
High school students embed themselves in a community’s history and people when they study the impact of “development” on historically African American Turkey Creek in Gulfport, Mississippi.
The 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom this past summer produced some brilliant commentary about the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. One of the […]
The historic destruction of the Chávez Ravine neighborhood in Los Angeles – to build Dodger Stadium – paves the way for students to understand changes in their own neighborhood. Second in a two-part series.
A look at the history of the Pledge of Allegiance and ideas for teaching students about it.