Volume 25, No.1

Fall 2010

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  • A Cauldron of Opposition in Duncan’s Hometown

    An Interview with Karen Lewis and Jackson Potter

    By Bob Peterson and Jody Sokolower

    The new leadership of the Chicago Teachers Union explains how they won and where they’re going.

  • Teacher Layoffs and War

    By the editors of Rethinking Schools

    Our government’s perverse definition of “national security” was on display again this summer. By large majorities, the U.S. Congress approved a so-called emergency appropriation of $33.5 billion to escalate the […]

  • Who Can Stay Here?

    Documentation and citizenship in children’s literature

    By Grace Cornell

    Picture books about immigration and citizenship rarely portray the issues that children from immigrant families face every day. Here is a framework to help teachers choose books and open discussion.

  • Deporting Elena’s Father

    By Melissa Bollow Tempel

    The story of one child whose father was deported casts light on a growing crisis.

  • The Other Internment

    Teaching the hidden story of Japanese Latin Americans during WWII

    By Moé Yonamine

    A role play engages students in exploration of a little-known piece of history – the deportation of people of Japanese origin from Latin American countries to U.S. internment camps and back to Japan as POWs.

  • You Are Where You Sit

    Uncovering the lessons of classroom furniture

    By Tom McKenna

    Students analyze the impact of different seating arrangements in class, linking issues of power, space, and hierarchy to the world outside.

  • A Social Justice Data Fair

    Questioning the world through math

    By Beth Alexander and Michelle Munk

    Math is at the center of student-generated projects on environmental, social, and political themes.

  • The Proving Grounds

    School 'Rheeform' in Washington, D.C.

    By Leigh Dingerson

    Michelle Rhee is the exemplar of Duncan’s school “reform.” What’s really happening to children and teachers in D.C.?

  • California’s Perfect Storm

    By David Bacon

    Last year, demonstrations by students, teachers, parents, and staff erupted throughout California – with the potential to redefine the fight for public education.

  • Drop That Knowledge

    Recognizing and unlocking the wisdom of everyday people

    By Rick Ayers and William Ayers

    Review of Drop That Knowledge: Youth Radio Stories by Elisabeth Soep and Vivian Chvez (University of California Press, 2010)

  • Letters to the Editors 25.1

    PACT: Intrusion or Opportunity to Learn? I just read Ann Berlak’s piece, “Coming Soon to Your Favorite Credential Program: National Exit Exams”(Summer 2010). Professor Berlak makes substantive arguments about the dangers […]

  • Puerto Rican Students Win Major Victory

    By Jody Sokolower

    After a two-month strike at all 11 campuses of the University of Puerto Rico (UPR), students won the most impressive victory in the history of the university—and one of the […]

  • Tricksters and Their Opposite

    By Herbert Kohl

    Trickster: Native American Tales   Edited by Matt Dembicki(Fulcrum Books, 2010)496 pp., $27.95 By Heart: Poetry, Prison, and Two Lives By Spoon Jacksonand Judith Tannenbaum(New Village Press, 2010)200 pp., $24.95 Trickster grew […]

  • Resources 25.1

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