Volume 22, No.3

Spring 2008

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  • “Rewriting the Script”

    Together, the following eight articles outline how the standards-tests-punishment machine has subverted public schools from their democratic promise. With action, we can write a future where education isn’t a soulless profit machine for the few.

  • Think Less Benchmarks

    A flawed test does more harm than good

    By Amy Gutowski

    Thanks to the folks at the Discovery Channel

  • Beyond NCLB

    By Monty Neill

    A new era requires new thinking

  • Teaching in Dystopia

    By Wayne Au

    The problem is this: Testing is killing education. Not only is it narrowing the curriculum generally

  • Reading First, Libraries Last

    Scripted programs undermine teaching and children's love of books

    By Rachel Cloues

    In these bleak NCLB days of regimented

  • The Scripted Prescription

    A cure for childhood

    By Peter Campbell

    Testing mania reaches the pre-K classroom.  It saddened me to think that my daughter’s first impression of school was based on taking a test and failing it.”

  • Bogus Claims About Reading First

    By Stephen Krashen

    When it comes to Reading First, don’t believe the hype

  • Textbook Scripts, Student Lives

    By Jana Dean


  • Bonfire of the Disney Princesses

    By Barbara Ehrenreich

    Contrary to their spin machine, Disney’s princesses are far from role models

  • Underfunded Schools Cut Past Tense from Language Programs

    Due to recent budget cuts, teachers focus on the future tense.

    By The Onion

    A part of American school curricula for more than 200 years

  • TV Selfishness and Violence Explode During ‘War On Terror

    2nd graders discover new trends in TV since 9/11

    By Margot Pepper

    Six years into the ‘War on Terror

  • Queer Matters

    Educating educators about Homophobia

    By William DeJean, Anne Rene Elsebree

    While we were excited to support the opening of the educational closet

  • Feeding Two Birds With One Hand

    Why educators should demand a national health care plan

    By Bob Peterson

    I can’t imagine any teacher union leader or local school board member who wouldn’t welcome a new federal program that would make the issue of healthcare benefits a moot point in bargaining.”

  • Building Teacher Solidarity

    Larry Kuehn talks about building ties between teachers in Canada, Mexico, and the United States

    By Bob Peterson

    “I would really like to see a new movement that gives the kind of hope
    for change that there was when I came into teaching in the late 1960s.”

  • The Power of Words

    Top-down mandates masquerade as social justice reforms

    By Linda Christensen

    Top-down mandates masquerade as social justice reforms

  • Short Stuff 22.3

    McDonald’s Gets Low Marks Under intense pressure from parents and national organizations, McDonald’s quickly suspended placing marketing messages on children’s report cards in Seminole County, Fla. The joint 10-year business […]

  • Resources 22.3

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

  • Review: Radio Free Oaxaca

    By Kelley Dawson Salas

    Film Radio Free Oaxaca Un poquito de tanta verdad  (A Little Bit of So Much Truth) Director: Jill Freidberg Corrugated Films, 2007  (www.corrugate.org)  DVD. 93 min. By Kelley Dawson Salas Un Poquito de Tanta Verdad […]

  • Letters to the Editors 22.3

    Thank you, Howard Howard Zinn’s chapter on the Vietnam War (Vol. 22, No.1) was quite an eye opener for me. I knew some of the details leading up to the […]

  • Good Stuff 22.3

    By Herb Kohl

    Kasparov, Garry On My Great Predecessors: Part I (Everyman Chess, Gloucester Publishers, UK, 2003; distributed in the United States by The Globe Pequot Press, PO Box 480, Guilford, CT 06437; also available at Amazon.com) On My […]