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Linking With the World

WorldLink on DirectTV Channel 375 (http://www.linktv.com) iEARN (http://www.iearn.org) Virginia Hamilton (http://www.virginiahamilton.com) By Herbert Kohl Since Sept. 11 we have been news starved and news saturated at the same time. The government's party line on world affairs is ubiquitous, and even though there are many TV news channels, it is very hard to get access to a range of opinions. It is equally hard to get information on almost anything going on...

Linking With the World

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Math and Science Across Cultures, Bazin, Maurice; Tamez, Modesto; and the Exploratorium Institute. (New York: The New Press, 2002).

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  By Herbert Kohl Isaac Newton, James Gleick (New York: Pantheon Books, 2003), 288 pp. $22.95. Simply Einstein: Relativity Demystified, Richard Wolfson (New York: Norton, 2003), 288 pp. $24.95. A few Sundays ago, I went in search of cheap material for the classes I'll teach this fall at the University of San Francisco's Center for Teaching Excellence and Social Justice. I do this every summer. Flea markets and garage sales are...

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A History of Bombing, by Sven Lindqvist (New York: The New Press, 2000), 224 pp. $16.95. Teaching with Fire: Poetry That Sustains the Courage to Teach, Eds. Sam Intrator and Megan Scribner (San Francisco: Jossey Bass, 2003), 225 pp. $14.95. Sven Lindqvist's A History of Bombing is composed like a complex computer game and could be likened to Dungeons and Dragons. As the author says, "The book is a labyrinth with...

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By Herbert Kohl The struggle for civil rights and black liberation did not begin during the 1950s nor has it ended. Over the years I have taught many aspects of the history, philosophy, and personality of struggles for full democracy in the United States. I've accumulated a library of resources that have educated me so that I can educate others. The first two resources are Remembering Slavery: African Americans Talk About...

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      By Herbert Kohl Hotel workers are currently on strike in San Francisco, and many of the students I work with have family or family friends on the line. We talk about the strike and speculate about its outcome. Recently I discovered a children's book that is one of those rare books that tells a tale as interesting to high school students as to kindergarteners. Si,Se Puede! Yes, We...

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Do You Get the Point?

By Herbert Kohl Consider the following sentences: A woman, without her man, is nothing. A woman: without her, man is nothing. It's all in the points—the periods, commas, semi-colons, and other punctuation marks. In her cranky and charming book, Eats Shoots & Leaves, Lynne Truss takes what she calls a "zero tolerance approach to punctuation." The book is full of colorful examples of misused punctuation. I found the book very useful...

Do You Get the Point?

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By Herbert Kohl My three children went to a small, rural high school. Despite the fact that it had only 168 students, it was terrible. For years we fought, along with many other parents, to make the school more humane and intellectually and artistically challenging. We failed. Small is not necessarily good, and the small schools movement has to be cautious and modest if it doesn't want to end up with...

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The Work, Not Just the Book

By Herbert Kohl I read Walter Dean Myers' latest book, Autobiography of My Dead Brother and was so taken by this tale about murder, the mean streets, and the power of music and art to sustain hope in a life full of pressure and danger that I bought copies of three other books by Myers. I have developed the habit of reading all the works of any writer that moves me....

The Work, Not Just the Book

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By Herbert Kohl For years, beginning in the 1960s, the only source I read that had a radical, intelligent, school-based, and sophisticated analysis of public education was the Canadian magazine This Magazine Is About Schools (now published under the name Our Schools/Our Selves). I made it my business to meet and get to know some of the people who developed and published it. I can't remember when I saw my first...

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