RETHINKING SCHOOLS MAGAZINE

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The 2018 Wave of Teacher Strikes

A Turning Point for Our Schools?
The West Virginia strike began in late February when some 20,000 classroom teachers and thousands of other employees shut down schools across all 55 counties. Across the state, teachers and school workers demonstrated for higher pay and other gains. Protesters lined the streets with signs, and in Charleston, strikers swarmed outside the Capitol building and at times even took over parts of it. “This was a day that I will always remember!” wrote Tiffany Jones, a teacher at Bluefield High School in southern West Virginia, who was recalling one of the nine days of the strike. “The energy was palpable and the enthusiasm could be felt across generations of educators.” This... Read More »

Volume 32, No. 4 — Summer 2018 Table of Contents

Free Editorial

Guns Out of Our Schools, Propaganda Out of Our Classrooms

There’s much that we as educators can do to combat gun violence and get guns out of our schools. One of our roles as teachers is to guide students to examine the roots of an issue. When we talk about the Bill of Rights and the roots of the Second Amendment, we can expose the popular mythology that surrounds it — that this is somehow about individuals resisting government oppression — and lay out its true intent: to defend and deepen white supremacy.  We must also lead the charge against programs like the NRA's Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program that normalize guns and gun violence.

Guns Out of Our Schools, Propaganda Out of Our Classrooms
Issue Theme: Teachers Rise Up

Transforming Teacher Unions in a Post-Janus World

Bob Peterson analyzes the Janus decision's impact on teacher unions, talks with union leaders from across the country about how they are responding to it, and argues that the damage of the decision can be countered through the upsurge of progressive activism engendered by the victory of Donald Trump.

Transforming Teacher Unions in a Post-Janus World

A Hurricane in the Classroom

Inside the Schools Ensnared in Puerto Rico’s Privatization Fever — and How Its Teachers Are Fighting Back

SPECIAL REPORT: Education “reformers” are using the disaster in Puerto Rico to close hundreds of public schools and convert much of the school system to charters. But teachers, parents, and students are fighting back.

A Hurricane in  the Classroom
Features

Howling at the Ocean

Surviving My First Year Teaching

A first-year teacher struggles with what it means to be a social justice educator.

Howling at the Ocean

Seeing Ourselves with Our Own Eyes

A special education teacher uses poetry to help her middle school students write their own narratives and celebrate themselves.

Seeing Ourselves with Our Own Eyes

How My 4th-Grade Class Passed a Law on Teaching Mexican “Repatriation”

How 4th-grade students in Southern California were helped by their teachers to develop curriculum surrounding the mass deportation of U.S. citizens of Mexican heritage in the 1930s and pass a law to investigate what happened.

How My 4th-Grade Class Passed a Law on Teaching Mexican “Repatriation”

Sorry Not Sorry

Reckoning with the Power and Limitations of an Apology to Native Hawaiians

A high school teacher uses the #MeToo movement and students’ own experiences with apologies to interrogate the government’s 1993 apology to Native Hawaiians for the 1893 overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawai'i.

Sorry Not Sorry

Pushing Past Hate, Pushing Past Paladino

How One Community Organized for Racial Justice and to Remove a School Board Member

Trump supporter Carl Paladino’s racism, misogyny, and transphobia galvanized community members to oust him from the Buffalo School Board. Their struggle also laid the groundwork for new coalitions and progressive change.

Pushing Past Hate, Pushing Past Paladino