Articles

One Long Struggle for Justice

An Interview with historian Howard Zinn

In his last recorded broadcast, Zinn holds forth on Haiti, persistent silences in the curriculum, and early influences in his lifebefore offering advice to new teachers.

One Long Struggle for Justice

New Battlegrounds

How voucher schools, and some charter schools, are trying to circumvent special education regulations.

New          Battlegrounds

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

The Coronavirus and Our Work

The coronavirus crisis is horrific, and even in its early days has led to great suffering, and widespread terror. But this crisis is not a time of retreat; it is a time to insist on, to organize for, an agenda of human rights and wealth redistribution. Has there ever been a time when the need for universal free health care was more essential — and more obvious? Or paid sick leave? Or for everyone to have guaranteed access to clean water and a safe place to live? So yes, please wash your hands, and then raise them, to continue to fight for equality and justice.

The Coronavirus and Our Work

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

We Need to Ask Our Students to Dream — and to Dream Big

As climate justice educators, this is our work now: finding ways to seed students’ utopian imaginations about the possible futures cracked open by organizing around the Green New Deal. Without a trace of hyperbole, the toxic stew of racial capitalism, colonialism, and fossil fuels has brought us to the brink of global catastrophe. Strangely, it has also brought us to the brink of alternatives that our planet — and our students — desperately need. It’s our job to engage students in imagining those alternatives and doing everything we can to help them be part of the movements that will bring them to life.

We Need to  Ask Our Students  to Dream — and  to Dream Big

Our picks for books, videos, websites, and other social justice resources

Curriculum Holler If You Hear Me (Comic Edition)By Gregory Michie and Ryan Alexander-TannerIllustrated by Xena Lopez, Citlali Perez, August Abitang, Stephany Jimenez, Hennessy Morales, Deon Reed, Dalin Dohrn, Isabelle Dizon, Tatum Howlett, and Sarita Hernández(Teachers College Press, 2020)164 pp. What a marvelous book about teaching and learning — poignant, passionate, respectful, nuanced. We couldn’t put it down. Based on Michie’s original Holler If You Hear Me, published in 1999, the comic edition...

Our picks for books, videos, websites, and other social justice resources

Getting the Lead Out

Lead poisoning is affecting up to 300,000 students a year in our nation's classrooms.

Getting the Lead Out

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

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?

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