Volume 22, No.2

Winter 2007/2008

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  • You’re Asian, How Could You Fail Math?

    Unmasking the myth of the model minority

    By Wayne Au, Benji Chang

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  • Taking A Chance With Words

    Why are the Asian-American kids silent in class?

    By Carol A. Tateishi

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  • Editorial Winds of Change

    By the Editors

    After years of being hushed by rightwing demagogues and a compliant media, teachers, students, parents, and activist are getting loud and proud

  • NCLB Stalled, but Still Armed and Dangerous

    By Stan Karp

    While the bipartisan consensus that passed NCLB in 2001 has splintered, the old, unimproved version of the law is not going away anytime soon.

  • Kid Nation

    By Ellen Goodman

    CBS goes overboard with this painful exploitation of children.

  • Wish You Were Here

    By Chris W. Gallagher

    A University of Nebraska professor takes a satirical look at Education Week’s Quality Counts report, where the Cornhusker state ranked at the bottom.

  • Public Studies Puncture the Privatization Bubble

    By Barbara Miner

    Two studies refute the claims made by voucher advocates: private schools are better than public ones, and competition makes public schools better.

  • Pressuring the Gap

    Ohio tries to close achievement gap by focusing on 9th-grade males

    By Fred McKissack

    Ohio attempts to close achievement gap by focusing on 9th-grade males

  • ‘Hurricane Vicki’

    The Gates Foundation hires Portland's former superintendent as its new head of education

    By Beth Slovic

    Portland’s former superintendent gets a big stage with Gates Foundation assignment.

  • Polar Bears on Mission Street

    Fourth graders take on climate change

    By Rachel Cloues

    San Francisco fourth graders learn about global warming and take action to save the polar bears.

  • Beyond Anthologies

    Why teacher choice and judgment matter

    By Linda Christensen

    A veteran teacher laments the trend toward mandated curriculum and argues that teachers should choose materials that address students’ lives and social issues.

  • Acting In and On the World

    Theatre of the Oppressed connects students' and teachers' everyday lives to the Civil Rights Movement

    By Katie Kissinger

    Oregon students and teachers learn life lessons by participating in the ‘Theater of the Oppressed’.

  • Raising Money, Raising Consciousness

    Alternative fund-raising companies bring new ideas to an old-school business

    By Jennifer New

    A writer and mother sifts through the fund-raising business and discovers that products that educate students and consumers and reward workers.

  • Despair, Hope, and the Future

    Don't let negative rhetoric eclipse the principles and promise of public education

    By Mike Rose

    UCLA professor blunts anti-public school rhetoric with honest insights on education.

  • Resources 22.2

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

  • Short Stuff 22.2

    High-Stakes Protest A Wisconsin middle school teacher’s protest over high-stakes testing ended when school officials threatened to terminate his job. David Wasserman, who teaches in grades 6, 7, and 8 […]

  • Good Stuff 22.2

    By Herbert Kohl

    A Schoolmaster of the Great CityBy Angelo Patri (New York: The New Press, 2007) The Promise of Progressivism: Angelo Patri and Urban Education By James M. Wallace(New York: Peter Lang, 2006) Collateral Damage: […]

  • Letters To The Editors 22.2

    War, Peace, and TV While Gregory Sotir’s article, “NCLB and the Military,” [Vol. 21, No. 4] addresses the issue of military recruitment in high schools, I must call attention to […]