A Cauldron of Opposition in Duncan’s Hometown
An Interview with Karen Lewis and Jackson Potter
The new leadership of the Chicago Teachers Union explains how they won and where they’re going.
Teacher Layoffs and War
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
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
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
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
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
Math is at the center of student-generated projects on environmental, social, and political themes.
The Proving Grounds
School 'Rheeform' in Washington, D.C.
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
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
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
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
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 […]
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