Volume 19, No.2

Winter 2004/2005

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  • BOOK REVIEW: We the People

    By Bill Bigelow

    Voices of A People’s History of the United StatesHoward Zinn and Anthony Arnove eds.(Seven Stories Press, 2004) 665 pp. $18.95. In an article called “Unsung Heroes,” excerpted in Rethinking Our Classrooms, […]

  • Our picks for books, videos, websites, and other social justice resources 19.2

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

  • Short Stuff 19.2

    Teacher Wins Suit Bill Nevins recently won a $205,000 settlement from the Rio Rancho School District in New Mexico. The district did not renew his contract after his students read […]

  • Student Voices 19.2

    By Sarah Lepage

    Pro Wings I grasped my seashell blue Jellies and walked over to my bed. I laid them down on my bedspread as if burying a wounded soldier. Their sides had […]

  • Strange Stuff 19.2

    6-year-old Tasered Police in Miami-Dade used a taser (stun gun) on a 6-year-old boy who was wielding a piece of glass in a school office and threatening to hurt himself. […]

  • Syllabus: Introduction to Schooling in a Diverse Society

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  • Getting Back on Track

    By Ray Raphael

    How can teachers begin to change the narrative of our nation’s founding— indeed, the way in which all history is told? We can’t wait for textbooks to catch on and […]

  • BOOK REVIEWS: Commercialized Kids/Born to Buy

    By Bob Peterson

    Consuming Kids: The HostileTakeover of ChildhoodBy Susan Linn.(New Press, 2004)288 pp. $24.95 hardback. Born to Buy: The Commercialized Child and the New Consumer CultureBy Juliet Schor (Scribner, 2004)276 pp. $24.95 […]

  • Testing Errors Plague Industry

    By Barbara Miner

    Lawyers expect their children to do well in school. When the daughter of a Minnesota attorney failed the math portion of the state test in May 2000, her father asked […]

  • Good Stuff 19.2

    By Herbert Kohl

    Hotel workers are currently on strike in San Francisco, and many of the students I work with have family or family friends on the line. We talk about the strike […]

  • Letters to the Editors 19.2

    Standards Challenge Status Quo Christine E. Sleeter makes some valid criticisms of the California History-Social Science Framework and Standards in “Standardizing Imperialism” (Vol. 19, No. 2). The framework could certainly […]

  • Four More Years-of Resistance

    By the Editors of Rethinking Schools

    George W. Bush may still be president of the United States, but he’s still not president of our curriculum.

  • Moving Beyond Judgment

    My dirty little secret: I don't grade papers

    By Linda Christensen

    The celebrated language-arts teacher comes clean” on why she hasn’t graded a student paper in 28 years.”

  • With Math, It’s Like You Have More Defense

    Students use math to investigate and affect overcrowding at their school

    By Erin E. Turner and Beatriz T. Font Strawhun

    Students use mathematics to investigate and affect overcrowding at their school.

  • The Hero’s Human Heart

    Teaching Julia Alvarez's In the Time of Butterflies

    By S.J. Childs

    In the Time of Butterflies” by Julia Alzarez

  • New Kids on the Block

    Fifth graders use Judy Blume's novel Iggie's House to think about racism, anti-racism, and the importance of acting for justice

    By Robin Cooley

    Fifth graders use Judy Blume’s novel Iggie’s House to think about racism, anti-racism and the importance of acting for justice.

  • My Year with Nike

    A Story of Corporate Sponsorship, Branding, and Ethics in Public Schools

    By Rachel Cloues

    The author, who teaches in Nike’s hometown of Beaverton, Oregon, recounts a year of troubling field trips sponsored by the corporate giant.

  • All Work and No Play

    How educational reforms are hurting our preschoolers

    By Sharna Olfman

    How education reforms and the accountability” movement are hurting our nation’s youngest children.”

  • Cyber Tots

    Debate rages among parents and educators as to whether and how computers should be used with young children. Thus far, however, public discussion of technology has skirted important questions of […]

  • Teaching in Black and White

    Two college-level educators make race central to their teaching - by teaching together.

    By Terry Burant and Michelle McClure

    Two college-level educators make race central to their teaching-by teaching together.

  • Re-examining the Revolution

    What's the harm in celebrating the myths of our nation's founders? Plenty.

    By Ray Raphael

    Giving a nod to multiculturalism is not the same as getting the story of the American Revolution right.

  • Testing Companies Mine for Gold

    There's gold in them there tests.

    By Barbara Miner

    The Bush testing craze has test makers raking in the green with almost no questions asked.

  • My Mother’s Spanish

    By Salvador Gabaldón

    Embracing English doesn’t have to mean leaving your family’s first language behind.

  • Youth Speak Out Against War, Recruitment

    By David Walsh

    Students in Boulder, Colorado occupy their high school overnight.

  • No Child Left Untested: Testing Tots

    Why we need a better means of evaluating our nation's youngest children

    By Richard Rothstein

    Testing Tots – Even 4-year-olds are being subjected to inappropriate assessment, and lots of it.