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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

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

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

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

Novels The Inheritance By Christine Sleeter(Sleeter Publishing, 2018)226 pp. We need to “learn to stop acting like a colonizer.” This is the challenge Christine Sleeter poses for teachers who are not Indigenous in her page-turning second novel. Denise Fisher is a white 4th-grade teacher wrestling with her curricular and financial responsibility to address the dispossession of Indigenous peoples in the United States — a dispossession, she discovers, from which some of...

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

Teaching the Truth About Climate Change Is Up to Us, Because Textbooks Lie

Column: Earth, Justice, and Our Classrooms

The second installment of our new environmental justice column focuses on one part of a resolution passed by the Portland, Oregon, school board that mandates the school district not use text material that doubts “the severity of the climate crisis or its root in human activities.”

Teaching the Truth About Climate Change Is Up to Us, Because Textbooks Lie

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

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