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COVER STORY: HONORING HOWARD ZINN
Losing Our Favorite Teacher
By Bill Bigelow for the staff and editors of Rethinking Schools
Howard Zinn will be remembered as the historian who transformed the way we think about and teach U.S. history. He was also a brilliant teacher, a passionate activist, and a warm and generous friend.
“One Long Struggle for Justice”
An interview with historian Howard Zinn
In his last recorded broadcast, Zinn holds forth on Haiti, persistent silences in the curriculum, and early influences in his life—before offering advice to new teachers.
TEACH FOR AMERICA
Looking Past the Spin: Teach for America
By Barbara Miner
Most TFA recruits are idealistic and dedicated. But who is behind the organization, and does its approach bolster or hinder education reform?
Do I Really Teach for America? Reflections of a Teach for America Teacher
By Alex Diamond
As he finishes his two-year commitment to TFA, a young teacher ponders the training and guidance he received.
TEACHING ABOUT HAITI
By Jody Sokolower for Rethinking Schools
As the devastation wrought by the earthquake fades from the headlines, this is a critical time to re-examine the history and culture of Haiti, and to develop ways to integrate Haiti into our curricula.
Plea from a Haitian American Teacher
By Marie Lily Cerat
Haiti: From Charity to Justice
By Kevin LaMastra
Poetry by Lenelle Moïse
Teaching Ideas for “Quaking Conversation”
By Linda Christensen
Resources: Teaching About Haiti
By Deborah Menkart
Editorial — Building New Hope
By the editors of Rethinking Schools
Recent events in Milwaukee, Wis., offer hope to despairing teachers, parents, and education activists throughout the country: Grassroots organizing has stopped what appeared to be an inevitable mayoral takeover of the public schools.
School Reform We Can’t Believe In
By Stan Karp
Education joins healthcare, the economy, and foreign policy as issues where campaign promises of “change” and “hope” have morphed into Washington business as usual—or worse.
“Don’t Take Our Voices Away”: A Role Play on the Indigenous Peoples’ Global Summit on Climate Change
By Julie Treick O’Neill and Tim Swinehart
Students learn about the impact of climate change on the world’s most vulnerable cultures and geographic areas, then share their knowledge as they discuss strategy for saving the planet.
Transsexuals, Teaching Your Children
By Loren Krywanczyk
A middle-school teacher describes how he makes his classroom safe for broad discussions of gender identity and explains why anti-bullying curriculum isn’t enough.
Learning About the Unfairgrounds: A 4th-Grade Teacher Introduces Her Students to Executive Order 9066
By Katie Baydo-Reed
Literature and a tea party open children’s eyes to injustice and the fight for civil rights in the Northwest.
COLUMNS and DEPARTMENTS
By Adam Sanchez
Oregonians Vote to Tax the Rich
By Herb Kohl
Getting It Exactly Right