How we seed and support student activism will vary from community to community, school to school, and grade level to grade level. But this is a crucial moment in history, and what we do as educators matters. When we help students explore and analyze exploitation, injustice, and danger in the world, we can also help them develop the knowledge and skills to change it.
RETHINKING SCHOOLS MAGAZINE
The Important Role Teachers Play in Resisting Trump’s War on Immigrant Families
Volume 33, No. 1 — Fall 2018 Table of Contents
“Haiti is one of the poorest countries in the world.” That’s the only thing this Haitian American teacher remembers being taught in school about her family’s country of origin. She calls for a revolution in how educators teach Haiti.
Neoliberalism off the Richter scale
Immediately after an earthquake devastated Haiti in 2010, corporations swooped in to capitalize on the destruction and to privatize public enterprises. Hagopian explores how disaster capitalism hit the education system and what the effects were on students and families.
Systems Thinking and Climate Activism in the Children’s Eternal Rainforest
An elementary school teacher developed the Quetzal Conundrum game to help students understand the impact of global warming in Costa Rica.
Exploring Racism and Privilege in Physics Class
A physics teacher uses student research and other exercises to urge his high school class to wrestle with race, privilege, and representation.
An educator reflects on how the education system has continually tested her Blackness from grade school through professional development, and argues that we need more Black spaces to nurture brilliance.
When Students Leave Midyear
A high school teacher explores how the dynamics of a classroom can change when a student leaves and what the effects can be on that student, the other students, and the teacher.