Volume 21, No.2

Winter 2006/2007

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  • Why We Banned Legos

    Exploring power, ownership, and equity in an early childhood classroom

    By Kendra Pelojoaquin, Ann Pelo

    Exploring power, ownership, and equity in an early childhood classroom.

  • Editorial: Back to the Drawing Board for NCLB

    By the Editors of Rethinking Schools

    By the editors of Rethinking Schools

  • Australia Battles Privatization

    An interview with Angelo Gavrielatos

    By Barbara Miner

    An interview with Angelo Gavrielatos

  • A Framework for Understanding Ruby Payne

    By Anita Bohn

    For Ruby K. Payne, founder and CEO of the for-profit consulting and publishing company called aha! Process Inc. in Highlands, Texas, poverty is big business. Since 1996, Payne and her […]

  • Savage Unrealities

    Classism and racism abound in Ruby Payne's Framework

    By Paul Gorski

    Classism and racism abound in Ruby Payne’s A Framework for Understanding Poverty

  • What Names Us?

    How James Baldwin's work shapes our school

    By T. Elijah Hawkes

    How James Baldwin’s work shapes our school.

  • When the Teacher’s a Fan, Who’s on the Team?

    A teacher's sports enthusiasm sparks a reflection

    By Terry Burant

    A teacher’s sports enthusiasm sparks a reflection.

  • Reclaiming Hidden History

    High school students face opposition when they create a slavery walking tour in Manhattan

    By Michael Pezone, Alan Singer

    High school students face opposition when they create a slavery walking tour in Manhattan.

  • Reaching Between the Lines

    An art contest helps students imagine the lives of runaway slaves

    By Thom Thacker, Michael A. Lord

    An art contest helps students imagine the lives of runaway slaves.

  • Why Aren’t We Shocked?

    Disrespectful, degrading treatment of women is so pervasive and so mainstream that it has lost its ability to shock

    By Bob Herbert

    Disrespectful, degrading treatment of women is so pervasive and so mainstream that it has lost its ability to shock.

  • The Future of Driving

    8th-grade algebra meets rising gas prices and peak oil

    By Jana Dean

    8th-grade algebra meets rising gas prices and peak oil.

  • Teachers in Oaxaca Face Repression and Violence

    As protests against working conditions continue, the Mexican government responds with brutality

    By David Bacon

    As protests against working conditions continue, the Mexican government responds with brutality.

  • Oaxaca Sketchbook

    Florida's new law undermines critical thinking.

    By Peter Kuper

    Florida’s new law undermines critical thinking.

  • Resources 21.2

    By Bill Bigelow, Deborah Menkart, Amy Miller, and Bob Peterson.

    Curriculum Resources *Across a Hundred MountainsBy Reyna Grande(Simon & Schuster, 2006)259 pp. $23 hardbackIn this gripping novel for 7th grade and up, readers learn about life on both sides of […]

  • Reviews 21.2

    By Robert Lowe, Wayne Au

    Books A Hero for All Time?Citizen Teacher: The Life and Leadership of Margaret HaleyBy Kate Rousmaniere(State University of New York Press, 2005)271 pp. $25.95 By Robert Lowe I am struck […]

  • Excerpts from the Senior Year Demonstration Resolution

    Whereas the West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD) Board of Education believes that all students who pass the requisite high school courses and demonstrate readiness for success beyond high […]

  • Teaching Is Not Testing

    A community organizes to find an alternative to California's graduation exam

    By Tiny aka Lisa Gray-Garcia

    A community organizes to find an alternative to California’s graduation exam

  • New York and Slavery

    African American Heritage Trail Markers

    African American Heritage Trail Markers

  • Resources and Background

    Since 1996, the New York State Human Rights curriculum is supposed to include guidelines and material for teaching about the European Holocaust, the Great Irish Famine, and slavery and the […]

  • Poverty in Mexico and Oaxaca Fuels Conflict

    By David Bacon

    About 30 million Mexicans survive on less than 30 pesos a day — not quite $3. The minimum wage is 45 pesos. The federal government estimates that 37.7 percent of […]

  • Good Stuff 21.2

    By Herbert Kohl

    Reading Doesn’t Matter Anymore: Shattering the Myths of LiteracyBy David Booth(Stenhouse, 2006)176 pp. $15.00 Poetry Everywhere: Teaching Poetry Writing in School and in the CommunityBy Jack Collom and Sheryl Noethe(Teachers […]

  • Letters To the Editors 21.2

    Solidarity from the United Kingdom Just a fan letter with huge thanks for your Rethinking Schools piece about the failure of charter schools [Barbara Miner, “Exploding the Privatization Myth,” Volume 21, No. […]