Save Arab American Studies!

At first it seemed that ethnic studies advocates had won a major victory in California, but then a backlash targeted Arab American studies.

An Unnatural Disaster

During the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, grassroots activists in New York City galvanized to try to meet the needs of those affected as well as to respond politically to issues […]

A Message from a Black Mom to Her Son

An African American mother and teacher educator uses examples from her own childhood to describe how she hopes her child will be treated by teachers, and what she fears.

Outlawing Solidarity in Arizona

“Banned in Tucson.” As many Rethinking Schools readers know, in January Tucson school officials ordered our book Rethinking Columbus removed from Mexican American Studies classes, as part of their move to shut down the […]

The Classroom to Prison Pipeline

A master teacher faces a classroom revolt. She realizes that, no matter how imminent the high-stakes test, stopping the school-to-prison pipeline begins in the classroom with student-centered, meaningful curriculum.

Teaching Haniyah

Several years ago, I taught a unit on power in my 9th-grade social studies classes at Berkeley High School in California’s Bay Area. It’s a diverse school—rich folks from the […]

Teaching in Dystopia

The problem is this: Testing is killing education. Not only is it narrowing the curriculum generally

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.”

Wish You Were Here

A University of Nebraska professor takes a satirical look at Education Week’s Quality Counts report, where the Cornhusker state ranked at the bottom.

‘Hurricane Vicki’

Portland’s former superintendent gets a big stage with Gates Foundation assignment.

Beyond Anthologies

A veteran teacher laments the trend toward mandated curriculum and argues that teachers should choose materials that address students’ lives and social issues.

Editorial Winds of Change

After years of being hushed by rightwing demagogues and a compliant media, teachers, students, parents, and activist are getting loud and proud