What Is the Purpose of Assessment?
A coalition of education and civil rights groups proposes a system of assessment that is fundamentally different from the typical standardized testing.
Resisting the High School Canon
Despite an abundance of engaging Black literature, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” and “To Kill a Mockingbird” remain high school students’ primary introduction to issues of race and racial oppression.”
The Role of Whites in Combating Racism
The Black experience and white racism are central to American life. No teacher can afford to view them as just an old curiosity.
Why the Wisconsin Legislature Approved Vouchers for Religious Schools
Mordecai Lee, vice-chairman of a coalition opposed to vouchers for religious schools (and a former state senator), analyzes the reasons his side lost this battle.
Problems Escalate at Voucher Schools
Financial difficulties, including nonpayment of teachers, plague four Milwaukee voucher schools.
Gay Youth Groups Proliferate
Across the country, support for gay and lesbian student groups is growing.
Schools Should Not Prepare Students for Work
COMMENTARY A Forum for Reader Opinion
Should schools collude in preparing students to endure the boredom of doing the meaningless, small, and repetitive tasks known as work?
Louis Gerstner’s Double Standards
From Coaxing Smokers to Nurturing Students
At the national education summit, IBM chief Louis Gerstner behaved as the self-proclaimed pope of education. Not long before, he was chief executive of a cigarette company.
Navigating the World of Portfolios
One Teacher's Experience with Alternative Assessment
How one teacher uses portfolios and self-assessment activities in his second-grade classroom.
Moving Beyond Name Games
The Conservative Attack on the U.S. History Standards
As conservatives attack the National Standards for U.S. History for being insufficiently Eurocentric and insufficiently patriotic, students and teachers lose out.
‘One Country! One Language! One Flag!’
A look at the history of the Pledge of Allegiance and ideas for teaching students about it.
Students Must Be Involved in Setting Standards and Goals
National performance goals and a national curriculum won’t work. A professor of education considers the reasons.
Michael, the Student Who Inspired Me to Quit Teaching
A teacher watches and learns as a potential dropout becomes an active learner.
Bibliography on Homelessness
Books and curriculum resources for teaching about homelessness and housing for kindergarten through high school.
An Invitation to Join NCEA
Dear Rethinking Schools readers, For almost a decade, we have been involved in an effort to build a multiracial organization of public school teachers, parents and community organizers known as […]
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