Home > Archives > Volume 27 - Issue 2, Winter 2012/13
Volume 27 Number 2


Reinventing Teachers’ Unions

Free Editorial

New Teachers’ Union Movement in the Making

by the Editors of Rethinking Schools

Free Lessons in Social Justice Unionism

An Interview with Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis

by Jody Sokolower

How did Chicago teachers win their strike? What is the significance of their victory? What’s next?


Free “When Are You Going to Come Visit?”

Home visits and seeing our students

by Elizabeth Schlessman

A 4th-grade teacher visits her students’ families and realizes how much she has been missing about their lives.

Precious Knowledge: Teaching Solidarity with Tucson

by Devin Carberry

A high school history teacher centers a study of social movements on the fight over the Mexican American Studies program in Tucson. His students spread the knowledge.

Your Struggle Is My Struggle

by Marcela Itzel Ortega

One of Carberry’s students explains how the film Precious Knowledge changed her feelings about herself and her family.

Lessons from the Heartland

by Barbara Miner

An excerpt from the newly published Lessons from the Heartland: A Turbulent Half-Century of Public Education in an Iconic American City focuses on the history of vouchers in Milwaukee.

Stealing and Selling Nature

Why we need to teach environmental history

by Tim Swinehart

A history teacher argues that students need to know the environmental history of our current crises— including how nature was turned into a commodity to be bought and sold.

Free The Character of Our Content

A parent confronts bias in early elementary literature

by Jennifer Holladay

Her daughter’s homework—a story that legitimizes rape and extols whiteness as the standard for beauty—leads a parent to question the balance between teaching skills and teaching content.

Learning in the Digital Age: Control or Connection?

by Jane Van Galen

A teacher educator explores the contradictory nature of technology in education.

Books About Contemporary Palestine for Children

by Katharine Davies Samway

It’s difficult to find accurate books on Palestine for young readers. A former teacher educator describes resources for K-8 students, including picture books, nonfiction, fiction, and poetry.


Free Action Education

Stanford/Pearson Test for New Teachers Draws Fire

by Nini Hayes and Jody Sokolower

Free Short Stuff

School-to-Prison Pipeline in Mississippi

Major Victories for Maple Spring

Free Good Stuff

Literature for Young Bilingual Readers

by Grace Cornell Gonzales

Free Resources

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

Got an idea for an article? Got a letter for us?

Contact Jody Sokolower, managing editor: