Featured Publications


Cover Theme: Rhythm and Resistance

Our spring issue features three articles from our new book, Rhythm and Resistance: Teaching Poetry for Social Justice, edited by Linda Christensen and Dyan Watson. At a time when the regime of standardized testing is squeezing poetry and narrative, social studies and the arts out of the curriculum, Rhythm and Resistance presents a vision of teaching and learning with our students’ lives at the center.

Celebrating Skin Tone
The science and poetry of skin color

By Katharine Johnson
An early elementary school teacher combines a science lesson and poetry to encourage children to celebrate their own skin tone and that of their classmates.
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Editorial: Black Students’ Lives Matter

By the editors of Rethinking Schools

The Koch Brothers Sneak into School
Right-wing billionaires buy their way into social studies classes

By Bill Bigelow
The Koch-funded Bill of Rights Institute cherry-picks the Constitution, history, and current events to hammer home the lesson that freedom means freedom to make money.

A Tale of Two Districts: The Long Reach and Deep Pockets of Corporate Reform

By Stan Karp
A comparison of corporate reform strategies and popular resistance in two very different districts in New Jersey—Newark and Montclair—reveals the flexibility of the privatizers and the potential of solidarity across communities.

There is a lot more inside this issue →

Nota a nuestros lectores: En esta edición, “Ellos también merecen una buena enseñanza: la justicia social en un salón para niños con autismo” está disponible tanto en español como en inglés. Si está interesado en integrarse a esta labor de traducción, por favor comuníquese con Andreina Velasco (konsonantedu@gmail.com).

Note to our readers: In every issue of the magazine, there are articles available in Spanish as well as English. If you are interested in joining this translation effort, please contact Andreina Velasco (konsonantedu@gmail.com)

Founded in 1986 by activist teachers, Rethinking Schools is a nonprofit, independent publisher of educational materials.

We advocate the reform of elementary and secondary education, with a strong emphasis on issues of equity and social justice.