Volume 21, No.3

Spring 2007

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  • Raised by Women

    Building relationships through poetry

    By Linda Christensen

    Building classroom relationships through poetry.

  • Goodbye and Good Luck to Catherine

    By the Editors of Rethinking Schools

    We bid a fond farewell to managing editor Catherine Capellaro.

  • Still Rethinking Our Classrooms

    Creating classrooms for equity and justice

    By the Editors of Rethinking Schools

    Rethinking Schools rolls out an updated and expanded version of our bestselling guide to teaching for social justice.

  • On the Question of Mexicanidad

    Encouraging prospective teachers to examine their cultural heritage

    By Aurolyn Luykx

    Encouraging prospective teachers to examine their cultural heritage.

  • Mis bendiciones

    A poem by Jeannette Lozano

    By Jeanette Lozano

    A poem by Jeannette Lozano.

  • The War in Iraq and Daily Classroom Life

    Suggestions from a 5th-grade teacher on bringing the War in Iraq into the curriculum.

    By Bob Peterson

    Suggestions from a 5th-grade teacher on bringing the War in Iraq into the curriculum.

  • Test Prep and the War

    Preparing high schoolers for the Regents exam while studying the War in Iraq

    By Jessica Klonsky

    Preparing high schoolers for the Regents exam while studying the War in Iraq.

  • Can NCLB Be Left Behind?

    Reauthorization could bring 'damage control' or more damage

    By Barbara Miner

    Reauthorization could bring ‘damage control’ or more damage.

  • Teachers Speak Out Against NCLB

    Quotes from classroom teachers about the impact of NCLB.

    By the Editors of Rethinking Schools

    Quotes from classroom teachers about the impact of NCLB.

  • Overhauling NCLB: What You Can Do

    By Monty Neill

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

  • Tom Mooney – A Teacher First

    Rethinking Schools editors mourn the loss of Tom Mooney, president of the Ohio Federation of Teachers, who died of a heart attack on December 3 at age 52. Several of us worked with Tom over the years, and all of us admired him. He pioneered a more expansive vision of teacher unionism, and as the longtime president of the Cincinnati Federation of Teachers, promoted numerous initiatives that led to greater teacher involvement in school reform. Mooney was a captivating speaker, brilliant strategist, and the life of any party. His untimely death leaves a hole in the movement to link the improvement of public schools with the struggle for social justice. In the following pages we offer several remembrances of Tom Mooney. — the editors

    By Bill Bigelow

    I met Tom Mooney in the spring of 1973 when we were students at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Tom invited me to join a political discussionaction group there […]

  • Tom Mooney – Ohio’s Children Lose a Labor Leader

    By Michael Charney

    The death of Tom Mooney was a blow not only to Ohio teachers. The entire nation lost a champion who combined unionism with a passion for public education and the […]

  • Union Power for Quality Schools

    By Mark Simon

    At the time of his death, Tom Mooney and I and a handful of teacher unionists were building the Institute for Teacher Union Leadership (ITUL), to nurture leadership skills for […]

  • Elephants in the Room

    When mainstream media report on urban schools, the real story is often what goes unsaid

    By Gregory Michie

    When mainstream media report on urban schools, the real story is often what goes unsaid.

  • The Morning After The Morning After

    The following is from the book Forever After: New York City Teachers on 9/11. The book is dedicated "To the NYC teachers of 9/11 who kept our children safe... and to teachers everywhere whose stories of day-to-day commitment are seldom told." In the selection below, Michelle Fine describes the issues faced by U.S. Muslim-American youth following not only 9/11 but the U.S. invasion of Iraq.

    By Michelle Fine

    Michelle Fine describes the issues faced by U.S. Muslim-American youth following not only 9/11 but the U.S. invasion of Iraq.

  • ‘I Just Want to Read Frog and Toad’

    Another child's love of reading runs smack into No Child Left Behind

    By Melanie Quinn

    Another child’s love of reading runs smack into No Child Left Behind.

  • ‘Use Another Word’

    One school's campaign against put-downs

    By Nancy Meltzoff

    One school’s campaign against put-downs.

  • Lies My Spanish Textbooks Tell

    Latinos dance, they sing, they happily play baseball. And what great food!

    By Sandy Shedivy

    Latinos dance, they sing, they happily play baseball. And what great food!

  • Editorial: White Supremacy Is Not Color Blind

    By the Editors of Rethinking Schools

    Supreme Court rulings affecting Louisville and Seattle could wipe out the last vestiges of the 1954 Brown decision.

  • Reviews 21.3

    By Erik Gleibermann

    Books

  • Resources 21.3

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

    Curriculum Resources On My Journey Now:Looking at African-American History Through the SpiritualsBy Nikki Giovanni(Candlewick Press, 2007)116 pp. $18.95 hardback In a series of short essays accessible to middle and high-schoolaged […]

  • Short Stuff 21.3

    The Segregation of U.S. Teachers Segregation within the U.S. teaching force mirrors the growing segregation among K–12 students in public schools, with disturbing implications for dismantling structures of inequality, according […]

  • Back to the Drawing Board for NCLB

    By Herbert Kohl

    Urban Schools, Public Will:Making Education Work for All ChildrenBy Norm FruchterTeachers College Press (2007) Khet: Strategy at the Speed of LightInnovation Toys, LLC, New Orleanswww.khet.com For almost 50 years Norm […]

  • Letters to the Editors 21.3

    Violence Against Women Thank you for including the article in Rethinking Schools entitled, “Why Aren’t We Shocked?” [Bob Herbert, Volume 21, No. 2]. I am a first-year teacher who recently completed a […]