Volume 11, No.3

Spring 1997

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  • Gay Issues, Schools, and The Right-wing Backlash

    By Eric Rofes

    A look at how different schools around the country are responding — some with sensitivity,others with repression – to issues of sexuality.

  • Border Tradition on the Line

    Community Rallies Behind Mexican Students

    By Melissa Heinz Bennett and David Bennett

    Some New Mexico schools are struggling over whether to continue opening their doors to children from neighboring communities in Mexico.

  • Hypocrisy Distorts The Standards Debate

    Hypocrisy is nothing new in politics. Nonetheless, it is disturbing to see blatantly two-faced statements distort our educational debates.. Wisconsin has had two good examples recently of politicians who don’t […]

  • Clinton’s Educational Initiatives

    High Expectations Also Should Apply to Governments, Not Just Students

    By Bob Peterson

    A close-up look at the rhetoric and reality surrounding President Clinton’s education initiatives.

  • Lessons from England

    The English author and scholar compares school reform efforts in his country with those in the United States.

  • Race, Power, and Funding

    By Robert Lowe

    A look at the long history of unequal funding for schools that serve African-Americans.

  • Black Teachers on Teaching

    "Rethinking Schools is pleased to present excerpts from the new book, Black Teachers on Teaching, by Michele Foster."

    By Michele Foster

    Excerpts from Michele Foster’s new book, including comments from five African-American educators.

  • More is Not Better

    Challenging a Sacred Cow of American Education

    By Andrew McCuaig

    An examination of the conflict between depth and breadth in school curriculum.

  • How Society Short-Changes Young Children

    Questioning the Practice of making Elementary Schools Do With Less

    By Bob Peterson

    Preschools and elementary schools are forced to make do with fewer resources than schools that serve older kids.

  • The New NEA: Reinventing Teacher Unions for a New Era

    Excerpts from a speech by NEA President Bob Chase

  • Helping Students Critique Miss Saigon’s Stereotypes

    By Debbie Wei

    When I first heard that Miss Saigon was coming to Philadelphia, I didn’t react too strongly. I had heard that there was some controversy surrounding the show when it opened […]