Volume 7, No.2

Winter 1992/1993

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  • Souls or Dollars?

    How Wisconsin’s Voc-Ed Program Will Change Our Schools

    By David Levine

    On July 3, 1991, with not a whisper of controversy, the Wisconsin Legislature approved a new vocational program that, if implemented as planned, will fundamentally alter the curriculum and structure […]

  • Tales From An Untracked Class

    By Linda Christensen

    It’s teacher “work” day — two days before students arrive — and I’m trying to reconstruct my classroom between faculty, department, and union meetings. Mallory leans over my desk, her […]

  • ‘Yes’ on Feb. 16th MPS Referendum

    On Feb. 16, as few as 20,000 people might vote in a referendum that is one of the cornerstones of reform for the Milwaukee Public Schools. It is crucial that […]

  • Public Support Builds for MPS Referendum

    On Feb. 16, 1993, Milwaukee voters will face one of the most crucial referenda in the last quarter century. They must decide: do they want to give their children a […]

  • Privately Funded Vouchers Proliferate

    Report From a National ‘Pro-Voucher’ Conference

    By Barbara Miner

    INDIANAPOLIS— If you live in New York, Boston, San Francisco, Denver, St. Louis or Minneapolis, your area is one of 25 cities targeted by conservative forces who hope to establish […]

  • Conservative Think Tanks’ Power Grows

    By Barbara Miner

    The privately funded voucher movement may seem just one more example of corporate philanthropy, similar to the scholarships and tutoring programs that businesses have always sponsored to try to prove […]

  • Why Students Should Study History

    An Interview with Howard Zinn

    The following is condensed from an interview with Howard Zinn, author of A People’s History of the United States. He was interviewed by Barbara Miner of Rethinking Schools. Why should […]

  • How California Texts Portray Latinos

    When Slavery is a “Life-style,” What Happens to Mexicans?

    By Elizabeth Martínez

    When we read a social studies text for 5th graders which refers to slavery as a “lifestyle,” we might think it’s some book from the 1940s or 50s. Alas, such […]

  • Dear Bill: How You Can Help Schools

    Thoughts on an Education Agenda for the new Administration

    For too long, educators have been on the defensive. Twelve years ago, the Reagan Administration proposed eliminating the Department of Education, setting the tone for federal education policies that were […]

  • Education and the Economy

    Why Better Schools Won't Necessarily Lead to Better Jobs

    By Paul Weckstein

    The failures of our schools are receiving well-deserved attention, fueled by the view that an uneducated workforce has serious economic and social consequences. However, the focus on education too often […]