Volume 24, No.4
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Pain and Poetry – Facing Our Fears
Poetry becomes the vehicle for students to strengthen the classroom community, think critically about their collective experience, and push their teacher to push them.
Five Years After the Levees Broke – Bearing Witness Through Poetry
A poet in the schools leads students to compare three natural disasters-Hurricane Katrina, the San Diego wildfires, and the recent earthquake in Haiti-and turn their grief and anger into poetry.
Aquí y Allá
An elementary teacher uses the poetry of Jorge Argueta to help students express their feelings about leaving one country for another.
An insightful look at a country that decided to invest in teachers and social support instead of standardized testing.
Wise, Wiser, Teacher
A U.S. educator reflects on her experiences in Finland.
A Librarian in Every School, Books in Every Home
A Modest Proposal
Elementary school students join a campaign to save school librarians.
Coming Soon to Your Favorite Credential Program
National Exit Exams
A California teacher educator analyzes the impact of Arne Duncan’s pet standardized test for credential candidates.
Those Awful Texas Social Studies Standards
And What About Yours?
The new Texas standards deserve the bad press they’ve received, but Oregon’s aren’t that much better. How about the standards in your state?
‘Greco-Roman Knowledge Only’ in Arizona Schools
Indigenous Wisdom Outlawed Once Again
The Arizona legislature attacks ethnic studies, and it’s the tip of the iceberg.
Fighting for Electives
Lessons in Change
A middle school teacher tries to reclaim electives for students assigned to READ 180 instead.
A peek at the new graphic novel that brings to life a best-selling memoir.
What’s Up with All the Teacher Bashing?
It’s hard not to take it personally: A few months ago, the cover of Newsweek consisted of 11 sentences in chalk on a blackboard. They all said the same thing: “We must […]
Letters to the Editors 24.4
TFA Ignores Hard QuestionsI was a 2007 Teach for America corps member in New Mexico, where I taught social studies at Shiprock High School. I read Barbara Miner’s article (“Looking […]
Short Stuff 24.4
March 4 Protests to Defend Public Education Students and teachers in at least 32 states and as far away as South Africa participated in a March 4 Day of Action […]
New Looks at Old Problems
The History of White PeopleBy Nell Irvin Painter(WW Norton, 2010)496 pp. $27.95 Making an Extraordinary School: The Work of Ordinary PeopleBy Len Solo(Publish America, 2010)200 pp. $24.95 For years I […]
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