Volume 27, No.4

Summer 2013

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  • The Role of Performance Assessment in Developing Teaching as a Profession

    By Linda Darling-Hammond, Maria E. Hyler

    The edTPA will lead to better teachers and more professional respect.

  • Wrong Answer to the Wrong Question

    Why we need critical teacher education, not standardization

    By Barbara Madeloni, Julie Gorlewski

    The edTPA distorts the teacher education process and opens the door to Pearson Inc. reaping more profits and power.

  • What’s a Nice Test Like You Doing in a Place Like This?

    EdTPA and corporate education reform

    By Wayne Au

    The dangers to the teaching profession are real, but is edTPA the solution?

  • Our Grandparents’ Civil Rights Era

    Family letters bring history to life

    By Willow McCormick

    Second graders ask grandparents to write about their experiences during the Civil Rights Movement. The letters bring surprising wisdom – and some thought-provoking issues – to the classroom.

  • Stealing Home

    Eminent domain, urban renewal, and the loss of community

    By Linda Christensen

    The historic destruction of the Chávez Ravine neighborhood in Los Angeles – to build Dodger Stadium – paves the way for students to understand changes in their own neighborhood. Second in a two-part series.

  • Rethinking the Day of Silence

    By Adriana Murphy

    When the Day of Silence doesn’t work at a middle school, staff and students look for another way to talk about LGBTQ issues.

  • “Coal Poisons Everything It Touches”

    Coal, climate, and the future of the Earth

    By Bill Bigelow

    Ninth graders explore a plan to strip-mine coal in Wyoming and Montana, send it by train to the Northwest, then ship it to Asia to be burned.

  • Ban the Box!

    A role play on mass incarceration

    By Andy Peck

    Should the box about criminal history be eliminated from job applications? A role play helps students explore the lifelong impact of a felony conviction.

  • The Trouble with the Common Core

    By the editors of Rethinking Schools

    It isn’t easy to find common ground on the Common Core. Already hailed as the “next big thing” in education reform, the Common Core State Standards are being rushed into classrooms in nearly every district in the country. Although these “world-class” standards raise substantive questions about curriculum choices and instructional practices, such educational concerns are […]

  • School Closures Rock Philadelphia

    By Helen Gym

    This spring, the School District of Philadelphia voted to close down 24 schools, about one in 10 public schools, affecting nearly 10,000 students across the district. The vote followed months of protest and community opposition, and was backed by Democratic party leadership in the city, primarily Mayor Michael Nutter co-chair of the U.S. Conference of […]

  • Update from Seattle: Test Boycott Victory

    Crisis at City College of San Francisco

    By David Bacon

    Update from Seattle: Test Boycott Victory “High schools may opt out of MAP in 2013-14.” This message was sent in an all-district email blast May 13 by Seattle Public Schools Superintendent Jose Banda and led to spontaneous celebrations by teachers and students around Garfield High School. Until now, the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) tests […]

  • Navigating Gender and Sexuality

    By Kalei Sabaratnam

    From the Dress-Up Corner to the Senior Prom:Navigating Gender and Sexuality Diversity in PreK-12 Schools By Jennifer Bryan(Rowman & Littlefield Education, 2012) I teach at a school that names social justice work in its mission statement. Our professional library includes volumes on incorporating many kinds of diversity, but gender and sexuality are underrepresented. Jennifer Bryan’s […]

  • Our picks for books, videos, websites, and other social justice resources 27.4

    By Deborah Menkart, John Marciano

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