Celebrating Howard Zinn

This year is the 100th anniversary of Howard Zinn’s birth. Zinn, who died in 2010 at 87, was a historian, professor, activist, and author of A People’s History of the United States, […]

The Disempowering Impact of the Little People, BIG DREAMS Series

Paige Pagan

Libraries and bookstores should discontinue their active promotion of this series that appears to dedicate more resources to marketing than to researching and writing effective stories about social change for young people.

Don’t Despair About the Supreme Court

Howard Zinn

The courts have never been on the side of justice, only moving a few degrees one way or the other, unless pushed by the people. Those words engraved in the marble of the Supreme Court, “Equal Justice Before the Law,” have always been a sham.

Oakland Youth to Teachers’ Retirement System: “Divest Now!”

Julia Kane

It was a letter to the CalSTRS board, demanding that they dump the pension fund’s investments in oil and gas companies. It was signed “From the many young climate justice activists who will continue to be at every one of your meetings until you divest.”

Abbott Elementary: A Sitcom with a Conscience

Adam Blyweiss

The show also reminds us that regardless of parental, administrative, and legislative warnings against bringing politics into classrooms, teaching remains a political act.

Compassion, Solidarity, Care: Detroit-Area Youth Respond to the Pandemic

Julia Cuneo

Just as workers are going to need unions, young people need to be organizing as students to make collective demands on the system as well as to meet their needs in an emergency.

To the Past, with Love

Kurt Ostrow

The letters are sweet and encouraging — had they been delivered, they could have changed their recipients’ lives.

Can a 4-Year-Old Know Her Gender Identity? Yes.

The Importance of Supporting Gender-Expansive Students

Esperanza Anderson

“Do you feel like a boy?” “No, mom. I’m a girl.” My daughter’s statement could not have been more direct, honest, and clear. In that moment I glimpsed how deeply gender-expansive people feel who they are, no matter what society has labeled them as at birth.

The Voice of a Seed

Honoring Indigenous Voices with 1st Graders

Caitlin Blood

I hope that centering Indigenous voices in the classroom and school garden will teach my students the value of Indigenous ways of knowing. As they develop an awareness of the social injustice and resilience that characterizes the stories of Indigenous peoples and their food cultures, I want them to be dissatisfied with the absence of Native narratives and seek out the voices of the tribes themselves.

Coming Home to Ourselves

Cierra Kaler-Jones

In her new book, The Spirit of Our Work: Black Women Teachers (Re)member, Cynthia Dillard (now dean of the College of Education at Seattle University) provides language for what occurs when Black women teachers discover their spiritual wisdom and identities that are part of a long historical continuum of Black women’s resistance, creativity, and ultimately, their healing.