Volume 18, No.3

Spring 2004

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  • The Strange History of School Desegregation

    By Robert Lowe

    The past — and future — of desegregation in the United States.

  • Warriors Don’t Cry: Brown Comes to Little Rock

    By Linda Christensen

    A role play exercise brings Melba Pattillo Beals’ classic book about the Little Rock Nine to life for students.

  • Warriors Don’t Cry: Acting for Justice

    By Linda Christensen

    Teaching students how to navigate an unjust world — and how to change it.

  • Student Voices

    By Sarah Stucki

    A student poem prompted by watching Fahrenheit 9/11

  • Lesson Plan

    Eyes on the Prize: ‘Fighting Back: 1957-1962 '

    By Bill Bigelow

    A lesson on desegragation built on the landmark PBS television series.

  • Poetry

    By Lise Spangenthal

    A middle-school teacher shares her reaction to the underperforming” label.”

  • Welcome to Our Special Edition

    By Catherine Capellaro

    The magazine’s managing editor on why we are publishing this expanded issue.

  • Brown 50 Years Later

    Carl A. Grant, chair of the department of curriculum and instruction at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, says Brown provides promise for people of all races.

  • Reflections of a ‘Deseg Baby

    By Linda Mizell

    Growing up in the segregated South meant listening to conversations about Brown and desegregation — and hearing African Americans express some views you might not expect.

  • Deconstructing the Brown Myth

    By Diana E. Hess

    When teachers present Brown as an icon, students may miss the larger lesson

  • Closing the Gap

    How educators and policymakers can tackle the achievement gap

    By Catherine Capellaro

    How educators and policymakers can tackle the racial gaps in student achievement.

  • Distorting the Civil Rights Legacy

    By Barbara Miner

    How school-voucher supporters misuse the lessons of segregation to push their agenda.

  • Brown v. Bush

    By Wayne Au

    The Bush Administration is guilty of twisting the rhetoric of Brown to promote the dubious No Child Left Behind Act.

  • Paige Abuses the Apartheid Metaphor

    By Bill Bigelow

    Bush’s education secretary distorts the history of apartheid as he advances the Republican education agenda.

  • Brown Kids Can’t be in Our Club

    By Rita Tenorio

    How to effectively raise issues of race with young children.

  • Fairness First

    Martin Luther King,Jr.and Ruby Bridges help set the stage for learning about injustice

    By Stephanie Walters

    Martin Luther King, Jr. and Ruby Bridges help set the stage for learning about injustice.

  • Kids Fight for Civil Rights

    Two stories to inspire students.

  • Teaching Ideas

    By Kelley Dawson Salas and Bob Peterson

    A few suggested discussion questions and activities.

  • Exploring Race Relations

    A Mexican-American teacher tackles racial prejudice in her seventh-grade classroom

    By Lisa Espinosa

    A Mexican-American teacher tackles racial prejudice in her seventh-grade classroom.

  • Resources 18.3

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

  • Student Voices

    By Sarah Stucki

    I don’t remember the words that were spoken, or if there were any, but I’ll always remember his face. His tears. His sobs. The choir room was extraordinarily noisy. The […]

  • Good Stuff 18.3

    By Herbert Kohl

    The struggle for civil rights and black liberation did not begin during the 1950s nor has it ended. Over the years I have taught many aspects of the history, philosophy, […]