Volume 29, No.2

Winter 2014/2015

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  • A Revitalized Teacher Union Movement

    By Bob Peterson

    The president of the Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association describes paths and pitfalls in moving beyond bread and butter issues to social justice unionism.

  • Portraits from a Public School in Harlem

    By Mollie Bruhn, Darren Marelli

    What happens when a vibrant community school is undermined by district policies? A story in text and photographs.

  • Testing Assumptions

    By Claudierre McKay, Aaron Regunberg, Tim Shea

    High school students creatively and successfully organize against high-stakes testing in Rhode Island.

  • Un examen de prejuicios

    By Claudierre McKay, Aaron Regunberg, Tim Shea

    Un grupo de estudiantes de secundaria se organizan para protestar los exámenes de alto impacto de Rhode Island.

  • Happening Yesterday, Happened Tomorrow

    Teaching the ongoing murders of black men

    By Renée Watson

    A poet/teacher/activist shows students how to use poetry to understand and share their pain and outrage.

  • Sucediendo ayer, sucedió mañana

    By Renée Watson

    Una poeta, maestra y activista le muestra a sus estudiantes cómo utilizar la poesía para entender y compartir el dolor y la rabia que sienten.

  • When Emma Goldman Entered the Room

    Dealing with the unexpected in a role play

    By Brian Gibbs

    When misogynist stereotypes emerge during a role play, a high school history teacher must decide how best to raise the issue.

  • Strike!

    Teaching labor history in a right-to-work state

    By Katy Swalwell

    A teacher educator introduces her students to labor history and makes a case for its centrality to U.S. history.

  • Empowering Change Through Art

    The campaign for artful resistance

    By Morna Mcdermott

    A teacher educator introduces her students to labor history and makes a case for its centrality to U.S. history.

  • Children With Absent Parents

    By Chrysanthius Lathan

    Recently, while browsing Facebook and procrastinating, I came across a disdainful post shared by a friend. It was a bashing of a picture book about a kid’s father going to […]

  • No Principles, No Progress

    By Larry Miller

    In 1969, Howard Fuller founded Malcolm X Liberation University in North Carolina, based on the principles of Black Power and Pan-Africanism. Forty years later, he coined the term “dance of […]

  • Educators and the Climate Crisis

    By RS Editors

    Jenna Pope On Sept. 21, 2014, 400,000 people poured into the streets of New York City for the People’s Climate March. As Democracy Now! reported: “With a turnout far exceeding […]

  • Letters to the Editor 29.2

    Restorative Justice: From the Bottom Up Finally, someone is starting the conversation about the perceived “wins” when schools districts across the country mandate restorative justice (“Restorative Justice: What It Is […]

  • Short Stuff 29.2

    Protests Build in Mexico Over Disappearance of Normalistas Anger at the disappearance of 43 students from Ayotzinapa teachers’ college in the Mexican state of Guerrero has ignited months of mass […]

  • Check out these valuable resources, reviewed by Rethinking Schools editors and Teaching for Change colleagues 29.2

    Elementary School Books Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant’s Tale Written and illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh(Abrams Books, 2013)32 pp. Finally, here is a politically relevant book to read to […]

  • Getting Deeper

    By Herbert Kohl

    How Not to Be Wrong:The Power of Mathematical ThinkingBy Jordan Ellenberg(Penguin Press, 2014) There is a lot of talk these days about teaching problem solving, but not much thought about […]