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COVER STORY Backpedaling Toward Plessy
By Robert Lowe
When the Supreme Court overturned two desegregation plans, the majority opinion was based on a distortion of both programs, and of the history of desegregation in general.
EDITORIAL Our Billionaire Philanthropist Problem — And Yours
By the Editors
Bill Gates and Eli Broad's Ed in '08 campaign isn't as wonderful as supporters make it sound.
Remembering Asa Hilliard
'This Madness Must Cease'A chapter on the Vietnam War from Howard Zinn's A Young People's History of the United States (Vol. 2). This includes a discussion guide and resource list.
Bring the War Home — to Our Classroom
By Bob Peterson
The "Iraq Moratorium" campaign is one route for students and teachers to discuss and debate the Iraq War and the antiwar movement.
The Re-militarized Zone
By Jill Colvin
Military recruiters troll New York City high schools for new soldiers, but, of course, they say this isn't about targeting poor minorities.
America's Child Solider Problem
By Terry J. Allen
The world's armies — including the United States' — exploit childhood vulnerabilities.
History Textbooks: "Theirs" and "Ours"
By John DeRose
Teachers must get students to dig deeper than the "official" history.
'We Do Not Want America to Represent Torture'It was supposed to be an easy photo-op with President Bush. But two Presidential Scholars recount to Democracy Now! Host Amy Goodman how and why they turned it into a protest.
Beware the Jargon Factory
By Jonathan Kozol
A chapter from Kozol's Letters to a Young Teacher reminds us that nothing good comes from parroting consultant gibberish such as "metamoments" and "interactional time."
'We Need to Know This!'
By Jody Sokolower
Allowing students to guide the curriculum can lead them to powerful moments of discovery.
Race: Some Teachable — and Uncomfortable — Moments
By Heidi Tolentino
A tense moment opens the door to a deeper discussion on race than this teacher intended.
Revisiting Ruby Payne
By Anita Perna Bohn
The New York Times Magazine was in a good position to pierce Payne's flash and rhetoric. Instead, they gave her an "uncritical, five-page infomercial," Bohn writes.
Teaching for Change
By The Editors
Rethinking Schools challenges readers to support an endangered, yet valuable teacher resource project.
Discovering Andrew Clements
By Katy Swalwell
A graduate student discovers a cache of social justice novels for young people.