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Fighting Manufactured Chaos in Puerto Rico’s Public Schools

Union activists have been tirelessly organizing with communities, recognizing that these are the same stories of communities across the United States. The fight will go on, even as disaster capitalism on steroids wants to destroy the public education system.

Fighting Manufactured Chaos in Puerto Rico’s Public Schools

Nurturing Student Activists in the Time of Trump

How we seed and support student activism will vary from community to community, school to school, and grade level to grade level. But this is a crucial moment in history, and what we do as educators matters. When we help students explore and analyze exploitation, injustice, and danger in the world, we can also help them develop the knowledge and skills to change it.

Nurturing Student Activists in the Time of Trump

“Aren’t Grown-Ups Supposed to Keep Kids Safe?”

The Important Role Teachers Play in Resisting Trump’s War on Immigrant Families

If there was ever any doubt, now there is only certainty, as educators we’re on the front lines of this fight. And when students like Kina ask us if we can keep them safe, our actions must be our answer. If we refuse to talk about these issues — because they are too painful, too complicated, too sensitive, or too politically fraught — that sends a clear message that we have relinquished our responsibilities, as adults, to try to keep them safe. Our silence is complicity. Now is the time for action and solidarity.

“Aren’t Grown-Ups Supposed to Keep Kids Safe?”

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

Curriculum Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy By Heather Ann Thompson(Vintage Books, 2016)724 pp. The Attica Prison Uprising, which took place in 1971, doesn’t make it into most high school history textbooks, but it should. Heather Ann Thompson’s book Blood in the Water provides a comprehensive history of the uprising — its causes, a moment-by-moment account of the four days in which prisoners held...

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

LeBron’s School Should Be Every School Public, Fully Funded, and with Arms Around the Community

There are few public schools receiving as much attention these days as LeBron James’ I Promise School in Akron, Ohio — and it’s because it’s just that: a public school.

LeBron’s School Should Be Every School Public, Fully Funded, and with Arms Around the Community

Students “Warrior Up” for Climate Justice

Column: Earth, Justice, and Our Classrooms

The third installment of our new environmental justice column celebrates the annual two-day "Climate Justice Fair" at Madison High School in Portland.

Students “Warrior Up” for Climate Justice

Exploding the Western Canon

San Francisco diversifies its English requirements -- and the media distort the issue.

Exploding the Western Canon

Resisting the High School Canon

Despite an abundance of engaging Black literature, "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" and "To Kill a Mockingbird" remain high school students' primary introduction to issues of race and racial oppression.

Resisting the High School Canon

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

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