Volume 17, No.4

Summer 2003

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  • Title IX Protects Pregnant Students

    Prior to the enactment of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, teenage girls who got pregnant were excluded from most public schools. The prevailing notion at the time: […]

  • Teacher Rights, Administrator Wrongs

    In recent months, there have been numerous incidents when school administrators have attempted to prohibit or otherwise discipline teachers for wearing buttons or armbands that protested the government’s involvement in the war with Iraq. We asked Rich Saks, a lawyer who works with the Milwaukee Teachers Education Association to summarize teacher rights on this matter. This is what he told us:

  • Landmine Awareness Activities

    JUST TRY ONE MORNING Grades 1-6, 20 minutes Inform students that they will start the day at school by trying to empathize with landmine victims. About 28 percent of mine […]

  • Landmine Facts

    Landmines are victim-operated traps. Most are designed to maim, not to kill, because a wounded person is a bigger drain on resources.  From 15,000 to 20,000 people worldwide are maimed […]

  • Learning to Read And the ‘W Principle

    FORCE-FEEDING DIRECT INSTRUCTION TO POOR KIDS WON'T HELP THEM LEARN TO READ

    By Gerald Coles

    Force-feeding direct instruction to poor kids won’t help them learn to read.

  • Captives of the Script

    A CRITICAL ANALYSIS DEMONSTRATES THAT SCRIPTED PHONICS PROGRAMS HOLD STUDENTS AND TEACHERS AS CURRICULUM HOSTAGES

    By Richard J. Meyer

    Scripted phonics programs hold students and teachers as curriculum hostages.

  • Wall Street Journal Loses School Board Race

    MILWAUKEE'S VOUCHER PROGRAM PUTS THE SCHOOL BOARD ELECTION IN THE NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT

    By Bob Peterson

    Milwaukee’s voucher program puts an election in the national spotlight.

  • Turning Her Back

    A COLLEGE BASKETBALL PLAYER TALKS ABOUT THE CONSEQUENCES OF HER QUIET PROTEST AGAINST THE SYMBOLISM OF THE AMERICAN FLAG

    By Stacie Williams

    Toni Smith talks about why she refused to salute the flag.

  • I Chose the Baby

    Teen pregnancy rates are down, but without supportive schools, the consequences for young moms can be devastating

    By Priscilla Pardini

    Without support, the consequences for young moms can be devastating.

  • A Supportive Place for Teen Parents

    By Priscilla Pardini

    Teen moms flourish at Lady Pitts High School in Milwaukee.

  • Learning from the Past, Talking About the Present

    A fourth-grade teacher reflects on her own schooling and poses hard questions to her students about the war. One student said kids need to have a chance to talk about the fears and worries that they have about the war.

    By Kelley Dawson

    A fourth-grade teacher reflects on her own schooling and poses hard questions.

  • The War and Our Students

    By Bill Bigelow

    A conversation with Sandra Childs about teaching about the war in Iraq.

  • Straight Talk with Kids About War

    Can we field questions honestly, or does "age appropriateness" require soft-pedaling the awful truth of war?

    By Michael Ames Connor

    Does “age appropriateness” require soft-pedaling the awful truth of war?

  • Student Clubs

    A former high school teacher recalls how his students put classroom lessons into action

    By Alan Singer

    A former high school teacher recalls how his students put lessons into action.

  • Danger in the Earth

    By Elisabeth King

    An international issue generates student activism.