Making Climate Change Part of the School Curriculum

By Katy Farber Originally published at momscleanairforce.org. It can be a confusing time to be a kid. People on the TV, internet, and radio say conflicting things — about climate change — with seriousness […]

The Roots of Racist Violence in Milwaukee

Editor’s note: Milwaukee is the latest city to erupt as a result of the police shooting of a Black man. As in Ferguson and Baltimore, the outrage in Milwaukee last […]

Readying Students for the Conflagration

By Brian Gibbs and Holly Gibbs When the LA Times reported that there was negative backlash from the Portland School Board’s decision to make certain that climate change was accurately […]

A Dialogue with the Curriculum of Our Nation: A Critical Reading of Moments

Courtney Cook sent this poetic response to the murder of Philando Castile to Rethinking Schools. We wanted to share it with our readers as a source of healing and a call to action. Cook is a former high school English teacher who has been engaged in justice work and critical education in high schools, prisons, and youth-run organizations. She currently teaches Sociocultural Issues in Education at University of Texas at Austin.

Why I’m voting for MORE

By Adam Sanchez This article was written by Rethinking Schools editor and New York City public school teacher Adam Sanchez. Rethinking Schools does not make endorsements in elections — whether for political […]

A People’s Curriculum for the Earth

By Tim Swinehart “We can’t hunt [because] the ice is receding. People are going hungry,” says one voice. “Us, too! It’s food. We can’t grow it in the desert,” says […]

Opting Out of the Education Reform Industry

High-stakes tests provide the data that is the very fuel of the corporate education reform machine. By opting out of these tests, students, parents, and teachers have the power to take away the data. With the data seized and the machine deprived of its fuel, the corporate reformers cannot produce public education for private gain. This is why opting out is so threatening to the reform industry—and it should be.

Hoodies Up! Black Lives Matter!

By Moé Yonamine “I don’t understand why people talk about him like he’s a criminal. He was a 17 year-old kid,” Kiana said. Kiana was one of more than 100 […]

Help Rethinking Schools Abolish Columbus Day

Dear Rethinking Schools friends, Christopher Columbus was the first European to send enslaved people from the Americas to Europe, as well as the first to promote the enslavement of Africans […]

Renée Watson on #StoriesForAll

Most importantly, I want books by and about women, stories by and about people of color, to be made available for all readers. Because our stories matter. Because the young people sitting in our classrooms, coming to our libraries, will soon be adult citizens who will need the life skill of empathy and the ability to understand and analyze themselves, their society, and contribute in a positive way. They will need to understand the importance of valuing many viewpoints.

Columbus Protest at UW-Madison

Time to Abolish Columbus Day

By Bill Bigelow Once again this year many schools will pause to commemorate Christopher Columbus. Given everything we know about who Columbus was and what he launched in the Americas, […]

Solidarity with Seattle Education Association

Dear Seattle Education Association, Rethinking Schools editors and staff express our solidarity as you go on strike for better schools for your students along with their families and for just […]

Common Core amounts to another English-only policy

English-Only to the Core by Jeff Bale

What is the Common Core doing to bilingual education? We’re joining hands with The Progressive and In These Times to shine a light on that question. Jeff Bale’s “English-Only to […]

Urgent Action Alert: Chicago Hunger Strike

Rethinking Schools expresses solidarity with the 12 parents, grandparents, educators, and their supporters who are in the second week of a hunger strike for the Dyett High School of Global […]

Leave the World Better than We Found It

We educators need to imagine, cooperate, create, hope—and at times, defy and resist. And we need to see ourselves as part of a broader movement to build the kind of society that is clean and just and equal and democratic. One that seeks to leave the world better than we found it.

Editorial: Teaching as Defiance

Originally published in Rethinking Schools VOLUME 29, ISSUE 4 — SUMMER 2015.Recently, we posted an article at the Rethinking Schools Facebook page that listed reasons why parents should opt their children […]