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Measuring Water with Justice

A multidisciplinary lesson helps elementary students explore the economics, science, and politics of one of the world's most precious resources.

Measuring Water with Justice

No Child Left Untested: The NCLB Zone

Au takes a trip to a strange world -- this one, unfortunately -- where "highly qualified" can mean low-quality teaching.

No Child Left Untested: The NCLB Zone

“Did Any of You Just Search for ‘Physicist’?”

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.

“Did Any of  You Just Search for ‘Physicist’?”

The Importance of Goodbye

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.

The Importance of Goodbye

Where Are the Climate Change Superheroes?

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.

Where Are the Climate Change Superheroes?

A Colonizing Agenda

Wayne Au on Bill Gates’ Education Failures

Janine Jackson, program director at Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) and host of their weekly radio show CounterSpin, interviewed Rethinking Schools editor Wayne Au over the summer about the failure of Bill Gates’ educational initiatives. This transcript of the interview has been edited for clarity and length. JANINE JACKSON: A new report from the RAND Corporation concludes that the multimillion-dollar teacher evaluation project, championed and partially bankrolled by Bill Gates,...

A Colonizing Agenda

“Love Is Shining in My Heart for You, Dear Haiti”

“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.

“Love Is Shining  in My Heart for You, Dear Haiti”

Shock-Doctrine Schooling in 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.

Shock-Doctrine Schooling in Haiti

The Constant Testing of Black Brilliance

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.

The Constant Testing of Black Brilliance

Despite National Outrage, Scholastic Defends Children’s Books Celebrating Trump

His buildings reached into the sky.His businesses just grew and grew.Then Trump became our president —people wanted something new. Believe it or not, this poem is included in a picture book about President Trump, published by Scholastic Inc. for 5- to 7-year-olds — and sums up its message. A companion version for 8- to 12-year-olds is no better. It dedicates 10 glowing pages to Trump’s business career, high-rises, and casinos, but...

Despite National Outrage, Scholastic Defends Children’s Books Celebrating Trump

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