Volume 25, No.2

Winter 2010/2011

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  • ‘If There Is No Struggle …’

    Teaching a people’s history of the abolition movement

    By Bill Bigelow

    Students “become” members of an abolitionist organization and grapple with the strategic dilemmas faced by one of the most significant U.S. social movements.

  • ‘My Teacher Is a Lesbian’

    Coming out at school

    By Jody Sokolower

    Adventures of an out teacher and some suggestions for deciding if and how to come out to your students.

  • Neither Fair Nor Accurate

    Research-based reasons why high-stakes tests should not be used to evaluate teachers

    By Wayne Au

    Six clear explanations why value-added measurements don’t make sense for teacher assessment.

  • Teaching Is a Fight

    An interview with Sal Castro

    By Gilda L. Ochoa

    Reminiscences by the teacher who helped lead the 1968 Chicana/o student blowouts in Los Angeles.

  • The History All Around Us

    By Brian C. Gibbs

    The school building becomes text when a teacher uses place as a way to make history come alive.

  • Whitening Arizona

    Teacher education in a time of war against our students

    By Anita Fernández

    When children are under attack, teacher educators need to instill activism as well as pedagogy in preservice teachers.

  • Saving Our Schools from Superheroes

    By the editors of Rethinking Schools

    This isn’t just about a bad film. The outpouring of critique and activism that greeted last fall’s release of Waiting for “Superman” was a hopeful sign of resistance. Educators, parents, and activists […]

  • Superhero School Reform Heading Your Way

    By Stan Karp

    Newark is a test case for celebrities and big money to burst the dam that has protected public education.

  • The Ultimate $uperpower

    Supersized dollars drive Waiting for ‘Superman’ agenda

    By Barbara Miner

    An investigative report on the analog conservatives and digital billionaires behind the films interlaced marketing and political campaigns.

  • Every School a Sanctuary

    By the editors of Rethinking Schools

    In the 1980s, as refugees from U.S.-sponsored wars in Central America sought safety in the United States—only to be declared “illegal aliens” by the government—progressive churches and communities throughout the […]

  • Letters to the Editors 25.2

    Right’s Attack on Cincinnati Public Schools Two Cincinnati educators, principal Virginia Rhodes and veteran science teacher Dennis McFadden, were suspended for two weeks after Tom Brinkman Jr., a conservative Republican representative […]


    A Tribute to Frank Emi

  • SHORTS 25.2

    Chicago Parents Demand a School Library--and Win

    Chicago Parents Demand a School Library and Win

  • Resources 25.2

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

  • Saurcana, Terror from the Sea

    Fiction That Tells the Truth

    By Susan Van Haitsma

    Reviewed By Susan Van Haitsma

  • Mixed: Portraits of Multiracial Kids

    By Melissa Bollow Tempel

    Reviewed By Melissa Bollow Tempel

  • Stereotypes

    By Herb Kohl