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  By Herbert Kohl Urban Schools, Public Will: Making Education Work for All Children By Norm Fruchter Teachers College Press (2007) Khet: Strategy at the Speed of Light Innovation Toys, LLC, New Orleans www.khet.com For almost 50 years Norm Fruchter has been a gentle, compassionate, and consistent warrior in the service of creating justice, equity, and quality in the public schools. In the late 1960s, he helped found Independence High School...

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By Herbert Kohl The Public School and the Private Vision: A Search for America in Education and Literature By Maxine Greene (The New Press, 2007) How Kindergarten Came to America: Frederich Froebel's Radical Vision of Early Childhood Education By Bertha Von Marenholtz-Bulow (The New Press, 2007) I feel fortunate to have been asked by The New Press to develop a series of books consisting of reprints of classic books on progressive...

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Good Stuff

By Herbert Kohl   Big History: From the Big Bang to the Present By Cynthia Stokes Brown (New Press, 2007) 304 pages, $25.95 The Bomb By Theodore Taylor (Harcourt Paperback, 2007) 200 pages, $6.95 Cynthia Brown has written a book that few sane people would ever attempt. Big History claims to be a 304-page romp through the history of the universe from the Big Bang to the 21st century. Actually, it...

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Good Stuff

By Herbert Kohl A Schoolmaster of the Great City By Angelo Patri (New York: The New Press, 2007) The Promise of Progressivism: Angelo Patri and Urban Education By James M. Wallace (New York: Peter Lang, 2006) Collateral Damage: How High-Stakes Testing Corrupts America's Schools By David C. Berliner and Sharon L.Nichols (Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press, 2007) Angelo Patri's A Schoolmaster of the Great City was published in 1917 and unfortunately...

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Kids in the Middle

The Case for Make Believe: Saving Play in Our Commercialized World By Susan Linn (The New Press, 2008) Fires in the Middle School Bathroom: Advice for Teachers from Middle Schoolers By Kathleen Cushman and Laura Rogers (The New Press, 2008) In Mozart's Shadow By Carolyn Meyer (Harcourt, 2008) Loving Will Shakespeare By Carolyn Meyer (Harcourt, 2006) Kathleen Cushman and Laura Rogers book Fires in the Middle School Bathroom: Advice for Teachers...

Kids in the Middle

Student Handout

Salt of the Earth was made in 1953 about a mining strike in New Mexico. It deals with the struggle for worker equality and for racial and gender equity. The film was made during the McCarthy era, and it was blacklisted for containing "Communist propaganda." Please view the film carefully, taking notes, so that you can answer the following questions thoroughly. List the various alliances you see throughout the film. When...

Student Handout

To

Donald P. Lankiewicz Vice President and Editor-in-Chief Social Studies May 14, 2001 Dear Michelle, Thank you for your recent letter regarding Harcourt Brace Social Studies United States. It is always a pleasure to hear from students and teachers using our textbooks. The first issue you wrote about concerns the absence of the word "racism" in the text. While the word "racism" does not appear, the subject of unfair treatment of people...

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Teaching Ideas

For all of the following, it might help to also read George Capaccio's article on the effects of the U.N. sanctions against Iraq, "How Many Must Die?" at www.rethinkingschools.org/archive/13_03/iraq.shtml. Have students examine recent newspapers that discuss the possibility of war with Iraq. Is Howard Zinn right? Do these articles ignore the realities of war? If so, why? Visit www.iraqjournal.org and compare the reporting with mainstream media. Write a dialogue poem between...

Teaching Ideas

Teaching Ideas

Student activities for use with John Kerry's 1971 speech against the Vietnam War. Click here to read the complete text of Kerry's speech. Before they read the speech, ask students what they know about John Kerry's and George Bush's service during the Vietnam War: Which of them served in Vietnam? What were their attitudes about the war? What has each campaign said about the other candidate's Vietnam War service — or...

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Action Education

    Christine Neumann-Ortiz testifies at Wisconsin 's State Capitol on behalf of immigrant students. photo: JOSEPH BLOUGH By Catherine Capellaro Brenda wants a chance to go to college. Now a junior at Horlick High School in Racine, Wis., she has lived in the United States since she was six years old. But she was born in Mexico and is not a legal resident of the United States. "I really want...

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