Volume 16, No.4

Summer 2002

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  • Not All Inequality Bother Bush

    The Bush Administration has made “closing the achievement gap” a major political theme, linking it to national unity, American ideals, and even “the war on terrorism.” But not all gaps […]

  • Philly Students Protest Edison

    Public school supporters and students blocked the entrance to a Philadelphia school district building April 17. The day before, 42 Philadelphia public schools were turned over to private for-profit companies, […]

  • Researching Presidents and Slavery

    By Bob Peterson

    When my students and I began investigating which presidents owned enslaved people, our attempts focused on traditional history textbooks and student-friendly websites from the White House and the Smithsonian Institute. […]

  • Resources 16.4

    Check out these valuable resources, reviewed by Rethinking Schools editors and Teaching for Change colleagues.

  • Shorts 16.4

    Classroom Resources This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color, eds. Cherríe L. Moraga and Gloria E. Anzaldúa. (Berkeley: Third Woman Press, 2002). 370 pp. This is […]

  • What the American Flag Stands For

    By Charlotte Aldebron, Wendy Moses

    By Charlotte Aldebron The American flag stands for the fact that cloth can be very important. It is against the law to let the flag touch the ground or to […]

  • No Comment 16.4

    Dr. Laura’s Latest Cause What do Dr. Laura, the radio/newspaper commentator, Tom Monaghan, founder of Domino’s Pizza, and James Dobson, head of Focus on the Family, have in common? All […]

  • Vermont May Reject Federal Money

    Vermont Governor Howard Dean says he wants his state to consider refusing $26 million in federal education money to escape the testing requirements of President Bush’s education plan. Under Bush’s […]

  • Why Talk About White Privilege?

    By Paula Rothenberg

    Why talk about “whiteness” and white privilege? On the one hand, these are topics that make some people uncomfortable by seeming to take them to task for privileges they never […]

  • Does Bilingual Ed Work?

    It seems logical: if a student needs to learn English, put them in an English-language classroom. But research and experience underscore the importance of bilingual education.

    By James Crawford

    Bilingual education is counterintuitive. Most people wonder: How could teaching students in their native tongue help them learn English? Many assume the idea of bilingual education is to go easy […]

  • Let Them Eat Tests

    Bush's new education bill ushers in a new era in the federal role in education — a conservative one that could hurt poor schools most.

    By Stan Karp

    Bush’s new education bill ushers in a new era in the federal role in education.


    Title VII of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which transformed the way languageminority children are taught in the United States - promoting equal access to the curriculum, training a generation of educators, and fostering achievement among students - expired quietly on Jan. 8, 2002. The law was 34 years old.

    By James Crawford

    The Bilingual Education Act becomes the English Language Acquisition Act. Does Bilingual Ed Work?

  • Austin Says “No” to Edison

    The following is excerpted from a Feb. 25 statement by Pascal Forgione Jr., superintendent of the Austin Independent School District in Texas, regarding his recommendation that the district not enter […]

  • Websites on Palestine and Isreal

    The following websites provide useful background information and further links. Because of space we only listed a limited number. For more links visit www.rethinkingschools.org. Note: that listing of the sites does […]

  • Many Thanks

    By The editors of Rethinking Schools

    A Thank You to Barbara Miner

  • Rethinking Schools Listserv

    If you wish to be part of Rethinking Schools listserv on critical teaching and writing, please visit http://eepurl.com/g3pwZj. The list is open to all RS subscribers and focuses on teaching […]

  • Linking With the World

    By Herbert Kohl

    WorldLink on DirectTV Channel 375 (http://www.linktv.com)iEARN (http://www.iearn.org)Virginia Hamilton (http://www.virginiahamilton.com) Since Sept. 11 we have been news starved and news saturated at the same time. The government’s party line on world […]

  • Student Handout: Salt of the Earth

    Salt of the Earth was made in 1953 about a mining strike in New Mexico. It deals with the struggle for worker equality and for racial and gender equity. The film […]

  • Jefferson and Slavery

    Following are two selections I shared with my students to help them develop a questioning attitude toward their textbooks. The first is from a fifth-grade textbook

  • Coming Out

    Dear Editors: I just have to tell you what an impact the Winter recent issue of Rethinking Schools (Vol. 16 #2) had on me. First of all, this whole war has reminded […]