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Volume 26 Number 4
 


Cover Story

FreeFacing Cancer

Social justice in biology class


BY AMY LINDAHL


A high school science teacher expands her curriculum to include the impact of cancer on her students’ lives, and the environmental, social, and political realities of who gets sick and who gets treated.

Features

FreeThe Danger of a Single Story

Writing essays about our lives


BY LINDA CHRISTENSEN


A master teacher responds to the endangerment of our youth with powerful essays and powerful essay writing.

FreeFrom Johannesburg to Tucson


BY BILL BIGELOW


The courage, determination, and political insight of Tucson students bring to mind students who battled for liberatory education in South Africa.

Immigration, Sports, and Resistance

An interview with Carlos Borja


BY GILDA L. OCHOA


After Carlos Borja built an award-winning track team, he was fired for refusing to oust his assistant coach, who was undocumented.

FreeFracking

In the end, we’re all downstream


BY JULIE TREICK O’NEILL


A 9th-grade social studies teacher uses Gasland to help her students explore the environmental and social impact of hydraulic extraction of natural gas.

King Corn

Teaching the food crisis


BY TIM SWINEHART


King Corn follows an acre of corn to market and a future as ethanol, food sweeteners, and animal feed. The journey anchors a curriculum on the international food crisis and how much choice we have over what we eat.

Taking Teacher Quality Seriously

A collaborative approach to teacher evaluation


BY STAN KARP


If test-based evaluation of teachers is unfair and unreliable, what’s a better approach? A negotiated union/district plan in Montgomery County, Maryland, offers an alternative.

Professional Development

New terrain for big business?


BY RACHAEL GABRIEL AND JESSICA N. LESTER


Race to the Top timelines create pressure on winning states to farm out professional development. Is online “canned” PD the wave of the future?

Columns and Departments

Editorial

FreeThe New Misogyny: What It Means for Teachers and the Classroom


BY THE EDITORS OF RETHINKING SCHOOLS


Letters

FreeLetters to the Editor

FreeShort Stuff

Sean Arce Honored—and Fired

Fight to Defend Public Education in Philly

Biological Weapons Training in Middle School?

Review

Another Alaska

FreeGOOD STUFF • Stand for Justice

Resources

Free Resources

Our picks for books, websites, and other resources for social justice teaching.

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Contact Jody Sokolower, policy and production editor:
jody@rethinkingschools.org