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    photo: LANDOV PHOTOGRAPHY By Stacie Williams The United States is one of only seven countries in the world that still permit state-sanctioned juvenile executions. The Juvenile Death Penalty Initiative (JDPI), a coalition based at the University of Illinois-Chicago, believes that juvenile offenders should be spared the death penalty. In 2002, 78 people faced the death penalty for crimes they had committed as juveniles. Although many of the prisoners were...

Action Education

Keeping Public Schools Public

Privatizers' Trojan Horse

Keeping Public Schools Public

Sample Language for Wellness Policies

Curriculum and Media Students in grades pre-K-12 receive nutrition education that is interactive and teaches the skills they need to adopt healthy eating behaviors. Marketing of low nutrition foods and sodas on books and curricula, textbook covers and schools supplies, scoreboards and sports equipment is not acceptable. Nutrition Education will be provided to parents and include: handouts such as lists of healthy snacks, transportation service information to increase access to healthy...

Sample Language for Wellness Policies

Coming Out

Dear Editors: I just have to tell you what an impact the Winter recent issue of Rethinking Schools (Vol. 16 #2) had on me. First of all, this whole war has reminded me how alone I can feel in my way of thinking. It helps so much to know that there are educators out there fighting the majority. Secondly, the article written by the Madison teacher who came out to her...

Coming Out

Letters

Helen Keller I was quite interested to see your article "The Truth about Helen Keller," by Ruth Shagoury Hubbard [Fall 2002 issue]. It is true that many books for children tend to sanitize their portrayal of Helen Keller's life. Your readers might be interested in another source of information about Helen Keller's views: a book of quotations from Helen Keller's books, speeches, and personal writings (many never published before), entitled To...

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Letters to the Editors of Rethinking Schools

Schools Not Bombs T here is a war being waged in America. It is being waged against the public school classrooms in our urban areas, towns and rural communities. It is an attack by our legislators who are once again attempting to balance the budget on the backs of our children. The administration's unfunded mandate, No Child Left Behind, will leave vast numbers of children behind, particularly those children with the...

Letters to the Editors of Rethinking Schools

Letters

Kudos for New Look The Fall 2003 issue is superlative! The journal format is attractive and easy to read. I especially appreciated the two articles on teaching math for social justice by Bob Peterson and Eric Gutstein. Math is often considered to be abstract, unrelated to people's real concerns. Thanks for the brief review of my new book, More Math Games and Activities from Around the World . However, it is...

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Letters to the Editors

Standards Challenge Status Quo Christine E. Sleeter makes some valid criticisms of the California History-Social Science Framework and Standards in "Standardizing Imperialism" (Vol. 19, No. 2). The framework could certainly improve its treatment on colonialism/imperialism; it could lessen its emphasis on overly simplified dichotomous analyses of political and economic systems; and it could more even-handedly deal with the virtues and pitfalls of American democracy. However, Sleeter's general characterization of this document...

Letters to the Editors

Letters

Segregation Then and Now The excerpt from Jonathan Kozol's The Shame of the Nation (Volume 20, No. 1) was a passionate, effective indictment of the state of public education and the political, academic, and corporate hustlers who are taking advantage of school failure. However, I have a basic question about the underlying assumption of the article and the book. The subtitle of the book is The Restoration of Apartheid Schooling in...

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Letters to the Editors

Clear and Present Danger Tom Mooney's comment that "it's absolutely pointless to be knee-jerk anti-testing" ("An Interview with Tom Mooney," Volume 20, No. 2) raises a host of questions — aside from wondering just who or what he means by "knee-jerk anti-testing." In fact, state and federally mandated high-stakes testing represents a clear and present danger to educational quality and equity. The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) has promoted high-stakes testing...

Letters to the Editors

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