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Volume 29, No.1 — Fall 2014

  • Cover Theme: Teaching in Black and White
    • Black Like Me
    • Dear White Teacher
    • Queridos maestros blancos
  • The Military Invasion of My High School • The role of JROTC

Volume 28, No.4 — Summer 2014

  • The Library that Target Built
  • “May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor” • Teaching class and collective action with The Hunger Games
  • Colonialism, Not Reform: New Orleans Schools Since Katrina • An interview with Karran Harper Royal

Volume 28, No.3 — Spring 2014

  • Cover Theme: Queering Our Schools
    • Editorial: Queering Schools
    • 500 Feet of Respect: Queering a Study of the Criminal Justice System
  • Special Section: Resisting Teach For America
    • Organizing Resistance to Teach For America
    • An Open Letter to Teach For America Recruits

Volume 28, No.2 — Winter 2013/2014

  • Cover Theme: What's Wrong with the Common Core
    • The Problems with the Common Core
    • Martin Luther King Jr. and the Common Core: A critical reading of close reading
  • Sex Talk on the Carpet: Incorporating gender and sexuality into 5th-grade curriculum

Volume 28, No.1 — Fall 2013

  • Cover story: Of Mice and Marginalization
  • Standing Up for Tocarra
  • The Mystery of the 3 Scary Numbers
  • Charter Schools and the Future of Public Education

Volume 27, No.4 — Summer 2013

  • Cover Theme: Performance Test for New Teachers — A Forum on the edTPA
    • The Role of Performance Assessment in Developing Teaching as a Profession
    • Wrong Answer to the Wrong Question • Why we need critical teacher education, not standardization
    • What’s a Nice Test Like You Doing in a Place Like This? • EdTPA and corporate education “reform”
  • Editorial: The Trouble with the Common Core
  • Rethinking the Day of Silence

Volume 27, No.3 — Spring 2013

  • Cover Theme: Learning Math, Learning Justice
    • Editorial • Just Math
    • Whose Community Is This? • Mathematics of neighborhood displacement
    • Beyond Marbles • Percent change and social justice
  • Responding to Tragedy • 2nd graders reach out to the Sikh community
  • Paradise Lost • Introducing students to climate change through story

Volume 27, No.2 — Winter 2012/2013

  • Cover Theme: Reinventing Teachers’ Unions
    • Editorial • New Teachers' Union Movement in the Making
    • Lessons in Social Justice Unionism • An interview with Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis
  • “When Are You Going to Come Visit?” • Home visits and seeing our students
  • The Character of Our Content • A parent confronts bias in early elementary literature

Volume 27, No.1 — Fall 2012

  • Cover Theme: Race and Place
    • Burned Out of Homes and History • Unearthing the Silenced Voices of the Tulsa Race Riot
    • “Why Is This the Only Place in Portland I See Black People?” • Teaching Young Children About Redlining
  • “Multiplication Is for White People” • An Interview with Lisa Delpit
  • Boot Camp for Education CEOs • The Broad Foundation Superintendents Academy

Volume 26, No.4 — Summer 2012

  • Facing Cancer • Social justice in biology class
  • The Danger of a Single Story • Writing essays about our lives
  • From Johannesburg to Tucson
  • Fracking • In the end, we’re all downstream

Volume 26, No.3 — Spring 2012

  • A Message from a Black Mom to Her Son
  • Writing for Justice • Persuasion from the Inside Out
  • Sin Fronteras Boy • Students Create Collaborative Websites to Explore the Border
  • Dirty Oil and Shovel-Ready Jobs • A Role Play on Tar Sands and the Keystone XL Pipeline

Volume 26, No.2 — Winter 2011/2012

Special Issue: the School-to-Prison Pipeline

  • Schools and the New Jim Crow: An Interview with Michelle Alexander
  • Arresting Development: Zero Tolerance and the Criminalization of Children
  • The Classroom-to-Prison Pipeline
  • Plotting Inequalities, Building Resistance

Volume 26, No.1 — Fall 2011

  • Still Fighting for all Our Children
  • For or Against Children • The Problematic History of Stand for Children
  • Trigger Laws • Does Signing a Petition Gives Parents a Voice?
  • “Before Today, I Was Afraid of Trees” • Rethinking Nature Deficit Disorder

Volume 25, No.4 — Summer 2011

  • Climate Crisis in the Classroom
  • Our Climate Crisis Is an Education Crisis
  • Who’s Bashing Teachers and Public Schools and What Can We Do About It?
  • Got Coal? Teaching About the Most Dangerous Rock in America

Volume 25, No. 3 — Spring 2011

  • Our Climate Crisis is an Education Crisis
  • Got Coal? — Teaching about the most dangerous rock in America
  • Fuzzy Math — Test scoring
  • Who's Bashing Teachers?

Volume 25, No. 2 — Winter 2010

  • Saving Our Schools From Superheroes
  • A People's History of the Abolitionist Movement
  • My Teacher is a Lesbian — Coming out at school
  • Whitening Arizona

Volume 25, No. 1 — Fall 2010

  • Fighting for Our Schools
  • You Are Where You Sit
  • Teacher Layoffs and War
  • A Social Justice Data Fair — Questioning the world through math

Volume 24, No. 4 — Summer 2010

  • Pain and Poetry — Facing our fears
  • 'Greco-Roman Knowledge Only' in Arizona Schools — Indigenous wisdom outlawed
  • Five Years After the Levees Broke
  • Steady Work — Finland builds a strong teaching system

Volume 24, No. 3 — Spring 2010

  • In Honor of Howard Zinn
  • Teaching about Haiti
  • Teach for America
  • Building Hope

Volume 24, No. 2 — Winter 2009/10

  • Reading for Justice
  • Highlights approaches and resources for encouraging students toward deep involvement and critical thinking about literature. 
  • "Save the Muslim Girl!" — Does young adult fiction about Muslim girls build understanding or reinforce stereotypes?
  • Breaking the silence on War

Volume 24, No. 1 — Fall 2009

  • School Leadership for Tough Times
  • The possibilities when principals and superintendents buck the trend toward testing and standardization.
  • When the gender boxes don't fit.
  • Alternative pay structures for teachers.

Volume 23, No. 4 — Summer 2009

  • Teaching for Environmental Justice
  • The environmental crisis requires a profound social and curricular rethinking.
  • A Pedagogy for Ecology
  • First-person narratives about climate change bridge the gap for students between theory and reality.

Volume 23, No. 3 — Spring 2009

  • Arne Duncan and the Chicago Success Story:
    Myth or Reality?
  • Dunking on Arne Duncan
  • When '21st-Century Schooling' Just Isn't Good Enough:
    A Modest Proposal
  • Knock Knock: Turning Pain into Power

Volume 23, No. 2 — Winter 2008/2009

  • Marketing American Girlhood
  • An Open Letter to President-elect Obama
  • Move Over, Sisyphus
  • Remembering Mahmoud Darwish

Volume 23, No. 1 — Fall 2008

  • Putting Out the Linguistic Welcome Mat
  • Peers, Power, and Privilege
  • Which of the Above?
  • Embracing a Vision of Social Justice in Early Childhood Education

Volume 22, No. 4 — Summer 2008

  • The Laptops are Coming! The Laptops are Coming!
  • Putting a Human Face On the Immigration Debate
  • Everything Flowers
  • Pump Up The Blowouts

Volume 22, No. 3 — Spring 2008

  • Beyond NCLB
  • Bogus Claims About Reading First
  • A Time for Change
  • TV Selfishness and Violence Explode During 'War On Terror'

Volume 22, No, 2 — Winter 2007/2008

  • Stereotypes, Silence, and Speaking Out
  • Winds of Change
  • Students, Community Rally to Tukwila Six
  • NCLB Stalled, but Still Armed and Dangerous

Volume 22, No, 1 — Fall 2007

  • Backpedaling Toward Plessy
  • Remembering Asa Hilliard
  • Beware the Jargon Factory
  • Revisiting Ruby Payne

Volume 21, No, 4 — Summer 2007

  • Exit Strategies
  • 'Lego Fascists' (that's us) vs. Fox News
  • 'Narrow and Unlovely'
  • Living Algebra, Living Wage

Volume 21, No, 3 — Spring 2007

  • Raised by Women
  • Can NCLB Be Left Behind?
  • 'I Just Want to Read Frog and Toad'
  • The War in Iraq and Daily Classroom Life

Volume 21, No, 2 — Winter 2006/2007

  • Why We Banned Legos
  • Investigating Slavery in New York City
  • Algebra Students Look at Peak Oil
  • Critiquing Ruby Payne

Volume 21, No, 1 — Fall 2006

  • Why Homework?
  • New Orleans Schools After Katrina
  • The Education Land Grab

Volume 20, No, 4 — Summer 2006

  • There's No Business Like Food Business
  • Learning from Worms
  • From Farm to Lunchroom

Volume 20, No, 3 — Spring 2006

  • Special 20th Anniversary Issue
  • Silencing Teachers in an Era of Scripted Reading
  • Rethinking Teacher Unions

Volume 20, No, 2 — Winter 2005/2006

  • Improving Teacher Quality
  • Interviews with Deborah Meier & Gloria Ladson-Billings
  • Teaching Brown in Tuscaloosa
  • School Days

Volume 20, No, 1 — Fall 2005

  • The Shame of the Nation
  • Teaching Global Warming in Truck Country
  • Katrina's Lessons
  • Playing with Gender

Volume 19, No, 4 — Summer 2005

  • Special Report: Small School Reform
  • Tackling Tracking
  • An Open Letter to Bill and Melinda Gates

Volume 19, No, 3 — Spring 2005

  • Kid Stuff: Special Collection on Early Childhood
  • "The Recruitment Minefield" by Bill Bigelow
  • Excerpts from "Rethinking Mathematics"
  • The Tsunami and Other Disaster

Volume 19, No, 2 — Winter 2004/2005

  • Moving Beyond Judgment
    - My Dirty Little Secret
    By Linda Christensen
  • 'With Math, It's Like You Have More Defense'
  • My Year With Nike
  • Cybertots: Technology and the Preschool Child
  • Testing Companies Mine for Gold

Volume 19, No, 1 — Fall 2004

  • Standardizing Imperialism
  • The NCLB Test
  • Blowing the Whistle on the Texas Miracle
  • Excerpts from The New Teacher Book

Volume 18, No, 4 — Summer 2004

  • Beyond the Bake Sale
  • Making Every Lesson Count
  • Confronting Child Labor
  • Brown Doll, White Doll: Partner poems help students talk back

Volume 18, No, 3 — Spring 2004

    Special issue on desegregation, civil rights, and the "Brown v Board of Education" Supreme Court decision

Volume 18, No, 2 — Winter 2003/2004

  • Lead Poisoning as an Education Issue
  • Voucher Schools Turn Their Backs on Special Ed Students
  • Lessons From a Garden Spider
  • Beyond Pink and Blue: Helping Kids See Past Gender Stereotypes

Volume 18, No, 1 — Fall 2003

  • The Politics of Correction
  • Houston's 'Zero Dropout' Miracle
  • Head Start or Head Backwards
  • Unwrapping the Holidays

Volume 17, No, 4 — Summer 2003

  • 'I Chose the Baby'
  • Danger in the Earth: Teaching About Landmines
  • Captives of the Script
  • Learning to Read and the 'W' Principle

Volume 17, No, 3 — Spring 2003

  • Teaching About the War
  • 'A Ghetto Within a Ghetto'
  • Seventh Graders and Sexism
  • Colorado Upholds the Right to Bilingual Education

Volume 17, No, 2 — Winter 2002/2003

  • The Sex Education Crisis
  • "McDonalds or IBM?" - Eighth graders must choose.
  • Remembering Paul Wellstone
  • Exploring Child Labor with Young Students.

Volume 17, No, 1 — Fall 2002

  • Special Section: Advice for New Teachers
  • The Truth About Helen Keller
  • The Best Discipline is a Good Curriculum
  • The Puerto Rican Vejigante

Volume 16, No, 4 — Summer 2002

  • Confronting White Privilege
  • Let Them Eat Tests
  • Does Bilingual Ed Work?
  • Israel, Palestine and Teaching

Volume 16, No, 3 — Spring 2002

  • Supreme Court Debates Vouchers
  • Special Education: Promises and Problems
  • Exploring Women's Rights
  • Teachers Reject Testing 'Bribes'

Volume 16, No, 2 — Winter 2001/2002

  • War, Terrorism, and America's Classrooms: Teaching in the Aftermath of September 11
  • Teaching Intolerance: The Textbooks of the Religious Right
  • "She's for Real" -- A Lesbian Teacher Comes Out to Her Class
  • Edison takes on Philadelphia

Volume 16, No, 1 — Fall 2001

  • Schools More Separate: Consequences of A Decade of Resegregation
  • Bamboozled By The Texas "Miracle"
  • "Choice" And Other White Lies
  • "Boston Public" -- Fox's latest soap opera happens to be set in a high school

Volume 15, No, 4 — Summer 2001

  • How one new teacher stayed true to her social-justice vision
  • Teaching and Cultural Competence, by Gloria Ladson-Billings
  • Harold Berlak on race and the achievement gap
  • Why some teachers refuse to take part in high-stakes testing

Volume 15, No. 3 — Spring 2001

  • 15th Anniversary Special Report: Looking Back, Moving Forward
  • Separate and Unequal: Race-based Gaps in Milwaukee-area School Funding
  • Examining Media Violence and Stereotypes
  • Math, Maps and Misrepresentation.

Volume 15, No. 2 — Winter 2000/01

  • Standing Up for Social Justice
  • Romeo and Juliet vs. the Military Recruiters
  • Moving Beyond "Us and Them" When Teaching Global Issues
  • Bilingual Education Works, But Remains Under Attack.

Volume 15, No, 1 — Fall 2000

  • Multiculturalism: What Now?
  • "Reading, Writing, and Rising Up:" An excerpt from Linda Christensen's new book on language arts teaching for justice.
  • Value Added—Value Lost? Gerald Bracey looks at the "value added" testing fad.
  • Neightborhood schools and the threat of re-segregating schools.

Volume 14, No, 4 — Summer 2000

  • Questioning the Value of Value-Added Testing.
  • A Vision of School Reform—Eight Principles to Guide Educationl Change.
  • Teaching in Dangerous Times—Hollywood doesn't understand the real threats to teachers.
  • When Schools Compete—Lessons learned from New Zealand's experiments with market-based reforms.

Volume 14, No. 3 — Spring 1999/2000

  • Why "merit pay" plans don't pay
  • Girls, Worms, And Body Image—A teacher deals with gender stereotypes among her second- and third-graders.
  • Neighborhood Schools: Deja Vu—A policy of returning to local schools suggests historical amnesia about both neighborhood schools and busing, and threatens to increase racial inequality.
  • Teaching About the WTO—A Seattle teacher reflects on his unit on global issues and the lessons his students learned first-hand during "The Battle in Seattle."

Volume 14, No. 2 — Winter 1999/2000

  • Special Report on teaching students about media, advertising and our consumer culture.
  • Asa Hilliard on race and education
  • The National Education Summit gives goes "full speed ahead on testing.
  • Vouchers and the complex church/state issues they raise.

Volume 14, No, 1 — Fall 1999

  • Teaching Past the Platitudes of the Civil Rights Movement
  • Vouchers and Public Accountability
  • The Return of "Traditional Teaching"
  • Special Report: Milwaukee Teachers Help Build Schools in Chiapas, Mexico

Volume 13, No, 4 — Summer 1999

  • Confronting Racism, Promoting Respect
  • Bilingual Education: New Visions for a New Era
  • Milwaukee's School Board Election: Who Won and Why
  • Students and Parents Take Action Against Over-Testing
  • Standards and Multiculturalism

Volume 13, No. 3 — Spring 1999

  • Why the Testing Craze Won't Fix Our Schools
  • The Forgotten History of Eugenics
  • Chicago Policy of No Social Promotions Gets an F
  • The Human Toll of US Policy on Iraq
  • The Influential E. D. Hirsch

Volume 13, No. 2 — Winter 1998/99

  • What Now for Bilingual Education?
  • Fighting Homophobia in Schools
  • Helping Children Cope with Race Issues
  • The Special Needs of Homeless Students
  • Alternatives to Tracking

Volume 13, No, 1 — Fall 1998

  • Reconstituting Jefferson High School
  • What Happened to the NEA-AFT Merger?
  • Special Education Issues with Charters and Vouchers
  • Helping students deal with grief
  • Bias in Culturally Authentic Literature

Volume 12, No, 4 — Summer 1998

  • Teacher Unionism
  • Internet Filters: Beware the CyberCensors
  • Peer Mentoring
  • The Right-Wing Attack on Sex Education
  • Standards: Quality Control or Decoy?

Volume 12, No. 3 — Spring 1998

  • Dismantling bilingual education in California
  • SPECIAL REPORT: Censorship in our schools
  • Darkness before the dawn for Milwaukee schools?
  • Motivating students to do quality work
  • Teaching children about the uneven distribution of wealth.

Volume 12, No. 2 — Winter 1997/98

  • The criminalization of youth
  • SPECIAL REPORT: The ongoing struggle over creationism
  • A teacher reflects on kids and gangs
  • MPS admissions policy rewards privilege

Volume 12, No, 1 — Fall 1997

    "The Real Ebonics Debate:

    Power, Language, and the Education of African-American Children"

    A special edition on Ebonics guest-edited by Theresa Perry and Lisa Delpit. Includes more than 20 articles explaining the legitimacy of Ebonics, and why African-American children must be taught Standard English if they are going to succeed in school.

Volume 11, No, 4 — Summer 1997

  • SPECIAL REPORT: Global Sweatshops: Teaching kids about the human
  • lives behind the labels.
  • The NEA and a new vision of teacher unionism.
  • The loss of Paulo Freire, 1921-1997

Volume 11, No. 3 — Spring 1997

  • Gay issues, schools and the right-wing backlash
  • Teaching Mexican children in US border schools
  • How hypocrisy distorts the standards debate

Volume 11, No. 2 — Winter 1996/97

  • Equal Opportunity and the Federal Role in Education
  • Arranged marriages: a teacher comes to grips with cultural differences
  • Equity, not abandonment, should drive federal education policy

Volume 11, No. 1 — Fall 1996

    Immigration and schools: What happened to the "golden door?"
    Why MPS plans to screen students are a step backward

Volume 10, No. 4 — Summer 1996

  • Assessment
  • Portfolios
  • Resisting the High School Canon
  • Role of Whites in Combating Racism
  • Finding Educational Resources Online
  • Bib: Homelessness

Volume 10, No. 3 — Spring 1996

  • Special Report: The Right Wing and Education
  • School to Work
  • Equity and School Finance Reform
  • Charter Schools

Volume 10, No. 2 — Winter 1995/96

  • Enriching Classrooms via the Internet
  • Attacks on Whole Language
  • Teaching about AIDS
  • Ten Year Index of Rethinking Schools

Volume 10, No. 1 — Fall 1995

  • Math Across Curriculuum
  • Community Role in Reform
  • Critique of "The Oregon Trail"
  • Bibliography: Asian-American Resources

Volume 9, No. 4

  • Funding for Justice
  • Special Expanded Edition Explores School Funding

Volume 9, No. 3

  • Vouchers
  • Lessons from Vietnam War
  • Portfolios
  • History Standards
  • Bib: Environmental Justice Resources

Volume 9, No. 2

  • The Bell Curve
  • Attack on School Lunch
  • Corporations Invade Schools
  • Proposition 187
  • New Teacher Blues
  • English Standards
  • Review of "Squanto"

Volume 9, No. 1

  • Sexual Harrassment
  • Immigration
  • Bias in CD-ROMs
  • Teacher Unionism
  • Gifted Education
  • Teaching about the Caribbean

Volume 8, No. 4

  • Race Among Young Children
  • Charter Schools
  • Goals 2000
  • Rap and Respect
  • Gay Literature in the Classroom
  • Bib: Lesbian and Gay Issues

Volume 8, No. 3

  • Bradley Foundation Analysis
  • Teaching for Social Justice
  • Poetry and Critical Thinking
  • Parents and Conservative Ideology
  • Teacher Unions
  • Bib: Multicultural Catalogs

Volume 8, No. 2

  • Critique of Hirsch's "Cultural Literacy"
  • Puerto Ricans in Children's Books
  • Whole Language
  • Bilingualism
  • Sandia Study

Volume 8, No. 1

  • Teacher Unions
  • Youth Apprenticeships
  • Algebra for All
  • School Violence
  • Detracking
  • Bib: Labor History

Volume 7, No. 4

  • For-Profit Companies Target Schools
  • Detracking Social Studies
  • How Christian Right Organizes
  • Poetry in the Classroom
  • Videos with a Conscience

Volume 7, No. 3

  • Beyond Pizza Sales
  • Special Expanded Edition on Parent Involvement
  • Bib: Children's Books on the Elderly

Volume 7, No. 2

  • Voc Ed
  • Untracking High School English
  • Private Voucher Programs
  • Howard Zinn Interview
  • Mexican-Americans in Textbooks
  • Bib: U.S. History

Volume 7, No. 1

  • Student Resistance to Learning
  • Public School Choice
  • Schools and Business

Volume 6, No. 4

  • AIDS and School
  • Sexual Harrassment
  • Confronting Anti-Gay Name Calling
  • Channel One
  • Mascots and Racism
  • Bib: HIV and AIDS

Volume 6, No. 3

  • The Illusion of School Choice
  • Interview with Lisa Delpit
  • Building a School Culture of High Standards
  • Business Involvement in Schools

Volume 6, No. 2

  • Teaching Native American Literature
  • Photos by Homeless Children
  • Cooperative Learning and Exceptional Education
  • Bib: Periodicals by People of Color

Volume 6, No. 1

  • Curriculum Reform
  • Interview with Enid Lee on Anti-racist Teaching
  • Foxfire 25th Anniversary
  • Bib: Children's Books by African Americans

Volume 5, No. 4

  • Budget Crisis
  • Stereotypes in Children's Stories
  • Memories of a Pueblo Childhood
  • African-American Immersion Schools
  • Bib: Alternative Geography Resources

Volume 5, No. 3

  • The Gulf War and Students
  • Teacher Training and Race
  • Saying "NO" to TV
  • Mexican Teacher's Struggle
  • Tracking
  • Bib: Resources on the Middle East

Volume 4, No. 2

  • Standard English
  • Cultural Styles
  • Project Approach
  • Ban K-2 Tests

Volume 3, No.3

  • Rethinking Curriculum
  • Standardized Testing
  • Oregon Writing Project

Volume 3, No. 2

  • Testing
  • Alternative Assessment
  • Bib: Rethinking Assessment

Volume 3, No. 1

  • Critical Pedagogy
  • School Vouchers
  • Bib: Critical Pedagogy for Classroom Teachers

Volume 2, No. 2

  • Outcome Based Education
  • Education in South Africa
  • Bib: Children's Books on South Africa

Volume 1, No. 3

  • Alternatives
  • Desegregation
  • Bib: Books to Empower Young Children

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