Volume 13, No.2

Winter 1998/1999

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  • What Now for Bilingual Education?

    Six months after California’s Proposition 227 was passed we see disrupted schools, confused teachers, and kids dumped out of good programs for crash courses in English. But some bilingual education survives, thanks to parent and teacher support.

  • Does Bilingual Ed Work?

    Bilingual education is counterintuitive. Most people wonder: How could teaching students in their native tongue help them learn English? Wouldn’t it be better to teach limited-English-proficient (LEP) students English quickly […]

  • Out Front

    An openly gay high school teacher discusses what schools can do to fight homophobia.

  • $22 Million Siphoned from MPS to Pay for Private Schools

    By Barbara Miner

    The U.S. Supreme Court declines to hear the Milwaukee voucher case, shifting focus to political and educational problems with public funds for private schools.

  • What Color is Beautiful?

    A kindergartner says he doesn’t like his dark skin. His teacher grapples with how to respond, and finds a valuable resource in the book “Nina Bonita.”

  • Trivial Pursuit Testing

    An education professor takes the notorious Massachusetts teacher certification test. It’s a great test, he says, if the goal is to train contestants for “Jeopardy” or “Trivial Pursuit.”

  • Equity Takes a Hard Hit

    Editorial Across the country, concern with equity is dwindling as voters, school boards, and federal courts embrace so-called “race-neutral” policies.”

  • Tracking and the Project Method

    By Bob Peterson

    A teacher reflects on alternatives to tracking, and how to teach kids with a range of skills.

  • Keeping Schools on Track

    Research has proven that tracking is inequitable. So why does it persist? And why do so many reformers sidestep the issue?

  • Terriblehorriblenogoodverybad

    Some days are like that. And some practices, like tracking, are even worse.

  • What’s the Fuss?

    Are debates over bilingual ed grounded in what’s best for students, or are they clouded by cultural issues and opinions about assimilation?

  • The Poetry of Protest

    By Linda Christensen

    Martin Espada’s poetry is a weapon for justice for those who aren’t white, who don’t speak English, and whose work as migrant laborers is exploited.

  • Philip’s Transformation

    How an elementary school teacher uses the book “Crow Boy” to teach respect for differences, and how she helped one angry, alienated student.

  • The Trial

    Helping students get past “us versus them” while exploring homelessness.

  • Revolving School Doors

    High housing costs mean many students move — and change schools — once or more each year, with dire effects on learning.

  • Past and Present

    By Herb Kohl

    Reviews of “Teacher with a Heart: Reflections on Leonard Covello and Community,” by Vito Perrone, and “School Equity: Strategy for Creating Productive Schools in a Just Society,” edited by Marilyn J. Cittell.

  • Hooking up with Commercial-free Education

    By now, anyone who uses the web has become used to the ads. What was once a commercial-free medium is now jammed with promotional banners and product advertisements that flood the screen with nearly every click of the mouse.