We need more books that celebrate young people who find themselves as they come to consciousness and commitment.
Rethinking Schools editors and staff mourn the loss of Bob Moses (1935–2021), the extraordinary Civil Rights Movement activist and educator. Moses was a central organizer in Mississippi for the Student […]
Book Review: Determined to Stay, by Jody Sokolower. Reviewed by Nina Shoman-Dajani
We Are Grateful: OtsaliheligaBy Traci SorellIllustrated by Frané LessacCharlesbridge Publishing, 2018 My preschool-age children collect treasures from the ground that end up on our table. Bits of moss, Douglas fir […]
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A teacher-librarian and parent writes about Louise Erdrich’s Birchbark series and how its stories of Indigenous life compare with the colonialism and racism of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House books.
A film tackles the U.S. occupation of Japan.
Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and RhymesWritten and Directed by Byron HurtMedia Education Foundation, 200660 mins, DVD The Hip-Hop Education Guidebook Volume 1: A Sourcebook of Inspiration and Practical ApplicationEdited by Marcella […]
The Case for Make Believe: Saving Play in Our Commercialized WorldBy Susan Linn(The New Press, 2008) Fires in the Middle School Bathroom: Advice for Teachers from Middle SchoolersBy Kathleen Cushman and Laura […]
Consider the following sentences: A woman, without her man, is nothing. A woman: without her, man is nothing. It’s all in the points—the periods, commas, semi-colons, and other punctuation marks. […]
Film Radio Free Oaxaca Un poquito de tanta verdad (A Little Bit of So Much Truth) Director: Jill Freidberg Corrugated Films, 2007 (www.corrugate.org) DVD. 93 min. By Kelley Dawson Salas Un Poquito de Tanta Verdad […]
It’s Still the Economy, Stupid…
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. […]
Made in Seattle
A review of The Librarian of Basra by Jeanette Winter (Harcourt, 2004)
Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My DaughtersBy Barack Obama Illustrated by Loren Long(Knopf, 2010) On the title page of President Barack Obama’s picture book, Of Thee I Sing: A […]
Video resources for the classroom, plus links to activist websites.
By Julie Treick O’Neill A review of the film Maquilapolis [City of Factories]
CBS goes overboard with this painful exploitation of children.
Children’s books that promote environmental education in the primary grades.
Rethinking Schools rolls out an updated and expanded version of our bestselling guide to teaching for social justice.
Film: Granito de Arena (Grain of Sand) by director: Jill Friedberg, Corrugated Films, 2005, DVD. 60 min.
Leaving Children Behind: How “Texas-style” Accountability Fails Latino YouthEdited by Angela Valenzuela State University of New York Press, 2005 313 pp. $73.50 “Everything is bigger in Texas,” the saying goes. Apparently it’s true. […]
Fred Glass reviews Eric Blanc’s Red State Revolt: The Teachers’ Strike Wave and Working-Class Politics