Confronting the Right-Wing Attacks on Racial Justice Teaching
it is critical and righteous work. And that by doing this work, we join an esteemed collective of educators, past and present, who went for broke teaching children that, to paraphrase Eduardo Galeano, tomorrow can be more than just another name for today.
In Memory of Thomas Nikundiwe
Reflecting on educator and organizer Thomas Nikundiwe’s legacy reminds us to strive for liberatory learning.
Listening Between the Lines
The Sound of Curriculum
A music teacher stories her tense journey to listen to and include a parent in her child’s education.
The People v. the Hip-Hop Industry
A high school teacher and her students question “Who owns and controls hip-hop?” — and put the hip-hop industry on trial.
The Power of Teaching Poetry
A Conversation Between Renée Watson and Linda Christensen
Christensen and Watson discuss powerful strategies for teaching writing — and deeply grounding curriculum in students’ lives through poetry.
Through the Lens of Those We Love
Uplifting Oral Histories and Finding Common Threads
Kaler-Jones invites young Black women to gather their loved ones’ oral histories; together they find threads of resistance, solidarity, and racial justice.
To Teach About the Climate Emergency, Let’s Learn from the Movement to Abolish Slavery
Earth, Justice, and Our Classrooms
The climate justice resolution passed unanimously by the school board in Portland, Oregon, in 2016, says that all students should “come to see themselves as activists and leaders for social and environmental justice.” A good place to start is to connect students with radical activists and movements — past and present — that respect life more than property and authority.
“We Will Remain Standing on This Land and Teach”
Book Review: Determined to Stay, by Jody Sokolower. Reviewed by Nina Shoman-Dajani
Fifth-Grade Detectives Uncover the Dominant Narrative
Green and her students “cover” the standards by doing a representational inquiry and discover that most of the people they are supposed to learn about are white men.
Writing Poetry About Borderlands to Bring Down Walls and Build Connections
Alexander and their middle school students use the powerful poem “To live in the borderlands means you,” by Gloria Anzaldúa, to explore the borderlands of their own lives.
Our picks for books, videos, websites, and other social justice resources: Fall 2021, Volume 36.1
The best picks from Rethinking Schools for resources for your classroom and for your mind.
Volume 36, No. 1
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