RETHINKING SCHOOLS MAGAZINE

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Standing with Standing Rock

A role play on the Dakota Access Pipeline
Like many teachers, I use my summers to fill gaps in my knowledge and curriculum. Last summer, I took a weeklong course with Colin Calloway on Native American history. He demanded two things of us: 1. that we not accept the inevitability of “what happened” and 2. that our historical analysis and curricula include Indian people as full participants in their own histories and in the history of the United States. As Calloway writes, “American history without Indians is mythology—it never happened.” When I reflected honestly on my own U.S. history and government curriculum, I decided that on No. 1, I was doing a passable job. But on No. 2, I... Read More »

Volume 31, No.3 - Spring 2017 Table of Contents

Features

Unlearning the Myths that Bind Us

Critiquing cartoons and society

Students analyze cartoons from Popeye to Brave to see how media teaches children white- and male-supremacist ideas.

Unlearning the Myths that Bind Us

Unfolding Hope in a Chicago School

A middle school teacher describes the trauma experienced by his students over the year and struggles to create meaningful hope rather than slogans.

Unfolding Hope in a Chicago School

"I See Birds Everywhere I Go"

Engaging urban students in the natural world

A science teacher in Washington, D.C., overcomes her students’ fear of nature by turning them into avid birdwatchers.

"I See Birds Everywhere I Go"

Advocating for Arabic

An interview with Lara Kiswani

The executive director of San Francisco’s Arab Resource and Organizing Center describes the successes and obstacles for a community-based campaign to offer Arabic language instruction in the district’s schools.

Advocating for Arabic

I Can’t Answer These Test Questions About My Own Poems

Sara Holbrook’s poems appear on the Texas STARR tests. Her efforts to answer the questions about her own poetry expose the narrowness of standardized testing.

I Can’t Answer These Test Questions About My Own Poems

Trapdoors

High school exit testing in the age of “college and career readiness”

Using the experience of high school exit testing in New Jersey as an example, Stan Karp analyzes the gross negative impact of these high-stakes tests on students and schools.

Trapdoors

How the edTPA Disrupts Relationships

Reclaiming our visions and integrity

The edTPA has become a credentialing requirement in many states. Its implementation has distorted relationships throughout teacher education.

How the edTPA Disrupts Relationships
Departments
Editorial

Teaching in the Time of Trump

Enseñando en la era de Trump

Good Stuff

Boys in Dresses