Volume 20, No.1

Fall 2005

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  • The Shame of the Nation

    The restoration of apartheid schooling in America

    By JONATHAN KOZOL

    I entered the fourth grade of Mr. Endicott, a man in his mid-30s who had arrived here without training as a teacher, one of about 15 teachers in the building […]

  • Reconstructing Race

    A teacher introduces his students to the slippery concept of race

    By Nathaniel W. Smith

    “Is Mr. Smith a White Guy?” I then changed the topic, volunteering to be a contemporary example. “OK, so the next question is: Is Mr. Smith a white man? Yes […]

  • Teaching About Global Warming in Truck Country

    A middle school teacher helps the heirs of truck culture examine climate change

    By Jana Dean

    Helping kids who’ve grown up in the truck culture” examine climate change.

  • Rethinking Agatha Christie

    The strange and offensive history of Ten Little Indians

    By Sudie Hofmann

    The strange and offensive history of Ten Little Indians” (Hint: They weren’t always called “Indians.”)

  • Playing with Gender

    The staff at an early childhood center asks hard questions about gender identity

    By Ann Pelo

    Three 4-year-old boys sat in a circle, each with a doll tucked under his shirt. “It’s time to have our babies!” Nicholas* declared. One by one, the boys pulled their […]

  • Students Galvanize for Immigrant Rights

    A high school club in Wisconsin changes life for students, parents, and the larger community

    By Ryan Knudson and Al Levie

    Viviana, who had only lived in the United States for two years, walked nervously to the speaker’s podium at a press conference on the steps of her high school. Although […]

  • Katrina’s Lessons

    It wasn’t just the hurricane that devastated the Gulf; it was also a slower, more preventable surge of racism and poverty.

  • Free-Market Education

    There’s no guarantee of quality in Milwaukee’s voucher schools

    By Barbara Miner

    Graphic evidence that school vouchers do not guarantee school quality in Milwaukee.

  • Christopher Columbus and the Iraq War

    By Bill Bigelow

    How the myth built up around Columbus has helped condition kids to accept imperial adventures like the Iraq war.

  • Film: Inspiration From Mexico’s Rank and File

    By Bob Peterson

    Film: Granito de Arena (Grain of Sand) by director: Jill Friedberg, Corrugated Films, 2005, DVD. 60 min.

  • Stand and Be Counter

    By Amalia Oulahan

    In the world of high school options and influences, foggy messages make navigation difficult. Trying to maintain a clear direction can be challenging, especially when it comes to dealing with […]

  • Film: More Than Just Dance Lessons

    By Terry Burant

    Mad Hot Ballroom Director/Producer: Marilyn AgreloWriter/Producer: Amy Sewellwww.paramountclassic.com/madhot/ Mad Hot Ballroom, a documentary about a fifth-grade ballroom dance program in New York City schools, is more than a feel-good summertime film. […]

  • An Unnatural Disaster

    By Bree Picower

    During the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, grassroots activists in New York City galvanized to try to meet the needs of those affected as well as to respond politically to issues […]

  • Draft Resolution to End Military Recruitment Abuse

    By Bill Bigelow

    As is true throughout much of the United States, in Portland, Ore., military recruiters lie to and mislead high school students. They show up uninvited on campus. They call students […]

  • War Is Fun as Hell

    The military goes to extraordinary lengths to find recruits

    By Sheldon Rampton

    Years of writing about public relations and propaganda has probably made me a bit jaded, but I was amazed nevertheless when I visited America’s Army, an online video game website […]

  • KPSP

    Computer Heroics Kids, geeky grownups, and techies can express their inner superhero instincts with the CD-ROM version of the popular website www.HeroMachine. com. The computer program allows users to personalize […]

  • Miscellany

    By The Editors of Rethinking Schools

    Correction In the small schools issue of Rethinking Schools, (Vol. 19, No. 4) in an article entitled “Not in Our Name,” I seemed to have committed a few errors of fact […]

  • Resources 20.1

    Curriculum Resources Children Map the World by Jackie Anderson, Jeet Atwal, Patrick Wiegand, and Alberta Auringer Wood (ESRI, 2005) 128 pp. $24.95In this collection of 100 world maps, children ages […]

  • The Science Behind Climate Change

    The science behind climate change isn’t hard: Burn carbon-based fuels (virtually all fossil fuels are carbon-based) and you add heat-trapping carbon to the atmosphere. Create oxygen-free conditions for decomposition, such […]

  • Short Stuff 20.1

    NCLB Rebellion The state of Connecticut announced in August it is suing the U.S. government over the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law. State officials object to NCLB’s testing mandates, […]

  • We Don’t Need Another Soldier

    By Karl Meiner

    A former student returns from the Marines

  • Student Voices 20.1

    The next generation of soldiers?

    By Eliza Leas

    On Friday, June 10, 2005, I entered the cafeteria in Fredrick H. Tuttle Middle School in South Burlington, Vt., only to be greeted by a strange sight. A large screen […]

  • Books: It’s Still the Economy, Stupid…

    By Wayne Au

    Books:
    It’s Still the Economy, Stupid…

  • Teen Support for Iraq War Wanes

    By Karl Meiner

    A July poll by Harris Interactive shows that significantly fewer teens, aged 13 to 18, support the war in Iraq. One quarter of those surveyed (24 percent) said they supported […]

  • Good Stuff 20.1

    By Herbert Kohl

    I am going to teach at Swarthmore College this academic year, and my wife and I are preparing to move. That means, among other things, I’m deciding what books to […]