Some Students Are FlyingBy Zo Clement I have been continually amazed at the resilience of my students during the pandemic. As an 8th-grade inclusion teacher in Washington, D.C., my scholars […]
A middle school teacher organizes a tribunal for her students on responsibility for the COVID-19 crisis in the United States. Among those on trial are Mother Nature, Gen Z/Millennials, the Healthcare Industry, Racism and White Supremacy, the Chinese Government, the U.S. Government, and the Capitalist System.
Before I was taught a single teaching technique, I was taught to fight school shooters. At the start of the Stanford Teacher Education Program, we took a seat in the […]
My wife Linda and I began our COVID-19 shelter-in-place pretty early in the pandemic. I went to my last in-person meeting on Wednesday, March 11. The next day, we canceled […]
Tamir Elijah Rice was a 12-year-old murdered by a white Cleveland police officer in 2014 who was responding to a 911 call about a male pointing a gun at random […]
“I can’t breathe . . . please . . . Mama!”The knee choking the neck to deathPolice hands in pockets andIndifferent expressionsAnother day on the J-O-BAnd moreMore details I can […]
We asked a group of teachers and students to write about their experiences of the Black Lives Matter protests after the murder of George Floyd and during the uprisings for […]
In early August, Rethinking Schools managing editor Ari Bloomekatz sat down (over Zoom) for a roundtable interview and discussion with four organizers and national steering committee members of the Black […]
Improvisation helps 1st and 2nd graders bring the Civil Rights Movement home to Portland, Oregon, as they learn about the redlining that helped determine the neighborhood around their school.
Community educators bring math into an intergenerational exploration of the environmental, political, and economic issues surrounding bottled versus tap water.
Middle school students analyze a classroom full of social justice issues, armed with their understanding of percent change.
How to best teach mathematics has been debated for decades. Recently these debates have been rekindled with the implementation of the new Common Core State Standards for mathematics. Teachers are […]
Students use advanced math to study gentrification, displacement, and foreclosure in their neighborhood.
The seven-day Chicago teacher strike last September was historic. It showed the importance of teachers using their collective power to demand that all children get the education they deserve. It […]
How did Chicago teachers win their strike? What is the significance of their victory? What’s next?
Through historical documents, novels, videos, and a role play, high school language arts students learn about the racist riot that destroyed the African American section of Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 1921. They turn their understanding into poetry and historical fiction.
Two neighborhood schools find their way, thriving on collaboration and commitment to a shared vision. By the author of Holler If You Hear Me: The Education of a Teacher and His Students.
Did you know Paulo Freire was once superintendent of schools in Ṣo Paulo, Brazil? Rethinking Schools editor and 5th grade teacher Bob Peterson describes how the world-famous author of Pedagogy of the Oppressed put his theories into practice in a poverty-stricken urban school district.
When poet and Obie-winning playwright Daniel Beaty speaks, people listen, learn, and are inspired
As a boy I shared a game with my father.Played it every morning ’til I was 3.He would knock knock on my door,and I’d pretend to be asleep’til he got […]
The saga of New York’s Khalil Gibran Academy
It’s time to consider how to create schools that are themselves centers for the continual learning of everyone involved
A Washington, D.C., school shows the promise of how parent organizing contributes to equity-driven urban school reform
Fighting “age compression” and the “commercialization of childhood”
Thinking critically about bully-prevention programs