Volume 27, No.1

Fall 2012

How do we teach the history of the enormous wealth disparity in the United States? What is the context for today’s homelessness and foreclosure crises?

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  • Burned Out of Homes and History

    Unearthing the silenced voices of the Tulsa Race Massacre

    By Linda Christensen

    Through historical documents, novels, videos, and a role play, high school language arts students learn about the racist riot that destroyed the African American section of Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 1921. They turn their understanding into poetry and historical fiction.

  • “Why Is This the Only Place in Portland I See Black People?”

    Teaching young children about redlining

    By Katharine Johnson

    Improvisation helps 1st and 2nd graders bring the Civil Rights Movement home to Portland, Oregon, as they learn about the redlining that helped determine the neighborhood around their school.

  • “Multiplication Is for White People”

    An interview with Lisa Delpit

    By Jody Sokolower

    Delpit discusses major issues from her new book, “Multiplication Is for White People”: Raising Expectations for Other People’s Children, with an emphasis on the relationship between racism and special needs.

  • Boot Camp for Education CEOs

    The Broad Foundation Superintendents Academy

    By Alain Jehlen

    An investigation of the training program that filled 48 percent of all large district superintendent openings last year.

  • Saving Mango Street

    By Katie Van Winkle

    When her small, rural hometown bans The House on Mango Street from the middle school curriculum, a college student organizes her former classmates to get the ruling overturned.

  • “My Family’s Not from Africa-We Come from North Carolina!”

    Teaching slavery in context

    By Waahida Mbatha

    An African American middle school teacher changes her African American students understanding of Africa and their own history.

  • Taking the Long View: The Organizing Tradition

    By The Editors of Rethinking Schools

    As we go to press, 30,000 Chicago teachers and education support personnel—joined by parents, students, and community members—are out on strike for the first time in 25 years. The first […]

  • Letters to the Editor 27.1

    DOWNSIDE OF PEER-ASSISTED REVIEW? I have been glad to read Stan Karp’s writing over the years. So I looked forward to reading an article by him in your last issue […]

  • From Tucson to Palestine

    By Gabriel Matthew Schivone

    A generation ago, students led the movement in the United States to divest from apartheid South Africa. Today, student leaders are shaking Arizona as they defend Tucson’s Mexican American Studies […]

  • Short Stuff 27.1

    PEOPLE’S SCHOOL AT OAKLAND’S LAKEVIEW ELEMENTARY Parents and children, teachers, and community activists occupied an Oakland neighborhood elementary school for almost three weeks this summer to try to keep it […]

  • Teaching Inequality

    By Herbert Kohl

    Speaking truth to students is a central obligation of teaching, but it can also be a source of tension and problems for teachers. This is particularly true when approaching the […]

  • Resources 27.1

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