RETHINKING SCHOOLS MAGAZINE

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The Coronavirus and Our Work

First, we hope that you are safe and healthy. This is a stressful and frightening time for everyone, and the uncertainty of where the coronavirus pandemic is headed adds to our anxiety. Our schools are closing. Our conferences have been canceled. Our communities are under emergency alert. We are told to practice “social distancing” to prevent the spread of the virus. And that is right — from a public health standpoint. But we cannot allow “social distancing” to be a metaphor for how we respond to this crisis and the profound social failure it reflects. This crisis threatens to amplify inequality in countless ways, and more than ever, we need to... Read More »

Volume 34, No. 3 — Spring 2020 Table of Contents

Cover Stories

What Can Art Do in the Perilous Present?

An artist and academic writes about art builds — how they are practices of resistance and solidarity, and celebrations of joy and justice to fuel the teachers’ rebellion and other movements.

What Can Art Do in the Perilous Present?

From the Art Build to the Streets

Examining the Role of Art During the Chicago Teachers Strike

The author of A People’s Art History of the United States dissects the imagery unions created and used in the streets and on the picket lines during the 2019 Chicago teachers strike.

From the Art Build to the Streets
Features

As Tensions with Iran Escalate, It Is Time to Challenge Empire in the Classroom

Three Iranian educators, scholars, and parents write about how we need to refuse narratives that normalize empire and dehumanize whole populations.

As Tensions with Iran Escalate, It Is Time  to Challenge Empire in the Classroom

Teaching More Civics Will Not Save Us from Trump

A high school social studies teacher argues for rethinking how we teach civics so that students learn that organizing, activism, and civil disobedience are as important as the Constitution.

Teaching More Civics  Will Not Save Us from Trump

Instructional Time

Teaching Beyond Tolerance

A transgender middle school teacher wrestles with a school and community that tries to hide their identity.

Instructional Time

Reading Louise Erdrich to My Son

A teacher-librarian and parent writes about Louise Erdrich’s Birchbark series and how its stories of Indigenous life compare with the colonialism and racism of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House books.

Reading Louise Erdrich to My Son

Youth vs. Apocalypse

Oakland Students Make Time to Change the World

A high school English teacher reorients his classroom to be a space for student organizing for climate justice.

Youth vs. Apocalypse