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Volume 28 Number 1


Free Of Mice and Marginalization

By Michelle Kenney

Under pressure from parents, a high school English teacher assigns a classic: Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men. Her students' reactions lead her to a deeper understanding of what's wrong with “the canon.”


Disabled Education

By Ruth Colker

A legal advocate for people with disabilities realizes, through her own son's experiences, the inequities in access, diagnosis, and services for children with special needs.

Free Standing Up for Tocarra

By Tina Owen

When a homophobic minister preaches about the “sin” of a transgender student at her funeral, a teacher leads her students to focus instead on the beautiful spirit of the young woman they loved.

Free The Mystery of the 3 Scary Numbers

By Bill Bigelow

A classroom mixer prepares students to study “Global Warming's Terrifying New Math.”

Teaching Palestine

An interview with Palestinian educator Ziad Abbas

By Jody Sokolower

Drawing on his experience growing up in a refugee camp in the West Bank and his work with youth, Abbas explores connections that bring Palestine to life for students in the United States.

Free Charter Schools and the Future of Public Education

By Stan Karp

Charter schools began as educator-initiated, local efforts to provide alternative approaches to education. What role are they playing now? And what is the impact on public education?

Schools That Change Communities

Reviewed by David Sobel

Bob Gliner's film focuses on five schools in very different communities. Together, they provide a view of what is possible when education is grounded in civic engagement.

Rethinking Shit

Excrement and equity

By Noah Zeichner

A high school social studies teacher uses videos and frank discussion to lead students in a study of the sanitation crisis in poverty-stricken areas of the world, and the connection to global patterns of wealth and power.


Free Editorial

Clear-Cutting Our Schools

By the editors of Rethinking Schools

Free Letters to the Editor

Free Action Education

Justice for Trayvon Martin

By Jody Sokolower

Free Good Stuff

The Storyteller's Candle/La velita de los cuentos

Reviewed by Grace Cornell Gonzales

Free Resources

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