The Scripted Prescription

Testing mania reaches the pre-K classroom.  It saddened me to think that my daughter’s first impression of school was based on taking a test and failing it.”

Edwina Left Behind

Edwina did what was asked of her. Did Alaska do everything it could for her?

Elephants in the Room

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

My Small School Journey

An Oakland teacher experiences the negative effects of small school reform in the midst of a budget crisis.

Rethinking Agatha Christie

The strange and offensive history of Ten Little Indians” (Hint: They weren’t always called “Indians.”)

Playing with Gender

Three 4-year-old boys sat in a circle, each with a doll tucked under his shirt. “It’s time to have our babies!” Nicholas* declared. One by one, the boys pulled their […]

Students Galvanize for Immigrant Rights

Viviana, who had only lived in the United States for two years, walked nervously to the speaker’s podium at a press conference on the steps of her high school. Although […]

‘Is This Just Regular English?’

They were in their seats before the bell rang: 28 spit-polished 10th graders waiting silently in their chairs. In my four years of teaching, I had never encountered a room […]

Strawberry Fields Forever?

When I was a child, my mother couldn’t help us with our homework. She had gone to work as a maid in a Mexican hacienda at age 11 and hadn’t learned to […]

Testing Lang

Lang was a student of mine last year, an eight-year-old with big brown eyes and a shy, quiet nature. He hated writing; putting pencil to paper was a brutal task […]

Losing Ground

Budget cuts threaten one of the nation’s best multicultural institutions.

Dressing Up

A principal deals with a student’s unusual request.