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The 2020 Election and the World Our Students Deserve

About a month ago, on an early Monday morning, Jose De la Cruz-Espinosa was parked in front of his Milwaukee home with his wife and three daughters, ages 14, 13, and 11. The family was getting ready to go to school when their car was suddenly surrounded by immigration agents and police. The officers didn’t have a warrant and De la Cruz-Espinosa wouldn’t let them into the car. But they reached through an open window, unlocked the door, and tore him away from his family. In video of the arrest, you can hear his daughters crying out for him. “My daughters don’t understand any of this, and it hurts me so... Read More »

Volume 34, No. 1 — Fall 2019 Table of Contents

Cover Stories

The 2020 Presidential Election: Educators Speak Out

We asked a group of radical educators to weigh in on what they hoped would be part of any 2020 presidential candidate's education platform.

The 2020 Presidential Election: Educators Speak Out
Features

Welcome Poems Trump Hate

A teacher creates a "welcome" poems lesson to celebrate the diversity of students — and with students, turns those poems into action as a way to combat hate on campus.

Welcome Poems Trump Hate

“Do You Have Batman Shoulders?”

Middle school math students explore the disproportions of their favorite childhood toys

A math teacher uses Barbies and action figures to teach proportional reasoning and other skills — and to help students think about society's expectations of our shapes and sizes.

“Do You Have Batman Shoulders?”

Walk the Line

On the ground during the historic Los Angeles teachers’ strike

A Los Angeles teacher paints an intimate self-portrait of what it was actually like on the picket line during one of the most important public sector strikes in recent years.

Walk the Line

Jesse Hagopian talks with Gillian Russom: How Los Angeles Teachers Organized and What They Won

Rethinking Schools editor Jesse Hagopian interviews Gillian Russom, a teacher and leader with UTLA, about how the Los Angeles teachers' strike was organized, what it won, and what it could mean for the future of the #RedForEd movement.

Jesse Hagopian talks with Gillian Russom: How Los Angeles Teachers Organized and What They Won

Why I Don’t Teach the Hero’s Journey

A high school English teacher deconstructs "Hero's Journey" curriculum, shows its patriarchal prejudice, and talks about teaching collective rather than only individual transformation.

Why I Don’t Teach the Hero’s Journey

Diversity Is What Makes It Interesting to Study Living Things

Teaching gender diversity in biology

A biology teacher focuses on how rethinking classroom language around gender and reproduction can impact inclusion.

Diversity Is What Makes It Interesting to Study Living Things

Sharing Our Real Selves

A special education teacher talks about the importance of sharing her own stories — and complexities — with students.

Sharing Our Real Selves
Book Reviews

“Who Made History? We Made History!”

Fred Glass reviews Eric Blanc's Red State Revolt: The Teachers' Strike Wave and Working-Class Politics

“Who Made History? We Made History!”
Departments
Ed Alert

Vivian Gussin Paley: An Appreciation

Commentary

Teach the Fossil Fuel Industry — Our Students’ Enemy

Column: Earth, Justice, and Our Classrooms