RETHINKING SCHOOLS MAGAZINE

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The Green New Deal and Our Schools

As Mark Hertsgaard and Kyle Pope wrote recently in The Nation, “There is a runaway train racing toward us, and its name is climate change. This is not alarmism: It is scientific fact.” This is where the Green New Deal, introduced in February by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Edward Markey, begins: with the terrifying prospects of the runaway train of climate catastrophe. But the Green New Deal seeks to mobilize people not from fear, but from hope — hope for a radical transformation of society. It’s a manifesto that begins with the imperative of dramatically cutting greenhouse gases — global reductions of 40 to 60 percent in emissions from 2010... Read More »

Volume 33, No. 4 — Summer 2019 Table of Contents

Cover Stories

Solar Power Comes to Math Class

A math educator brings data from a friend’s solar panels — and the story to win them in their community — into her 7th-grade classroom to build a bridge between math and climate justice education.

Solar Power Comes to Math Class

"Because Our Islands Are Our Life"

Column: Earth, Justice, and Our Classrooms

A high school ethnic studies teacher describes how students in the Pacific Island Club used poetry to refocus the narrative surrounding climate justice onto frontline communities.

"Because Our Islands Are Our Life"
Features

How We Failed Nigel Shelby and Allowed the Abuse He Endured

A writer interrogates school culture and our collective role in the suicide of a gay 15-year-old 9th grader in Alabama.

How We Failed Nigel Shelby and Allowed the Abuse He Endured

Creating Bias Detectives, Blowing Up Stereotypes, and Writing Essays that Matter

“Part of the work of teaching students to read is teaching them to question not only the written word, but also the author,” Christensen writes in her article about teaching students how to confront writers whose stories erase the full truth and misrepresent people and places.

Creating Bias Detectives, Blowing Up Stereotypes, and Writing Essays that Matter

Time to Get Off the Testing Train

While high-profile tests like the SAT are problematic, Karp argues that we need to end the routine standardized tests that plague students and teachers.

Time to Get Off the Testing Train

Racial Justice Is Not a Choice

White supremacy, high-stakes testing, and the punishment of Black and Brown students

High-stakes tests have not only failed to achieve racial equality in schooling, they’ve also made it worse for students of color.

Racial Justice Is Not a Choice

"I Can't Make a Teacher Love My Son"

A Black parent's journey to racial justice organizing

After teachers label her son’s behavior as problematic and try to have him evaluated by a psychologist, a Black parent uncovers why schools fail Black boys and begins organizing her community to challenge practices detrimental to them.

"I Can't Make a Teacher Love My Son"

Making Room for Death

Death happens regularly, but a special education teacher describes her own mother’s death to show how schools leave no space for grief and try to hide death from the school community.

Making Room for Death

Macaroni Social Justice

A 3rd-grade teacher uses thousands of pieces of macaroni to facilitate a lesson about fractions and to spur classroom conversations about wealth inequality.

Macaroni Social Justice