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Where Are the Climate Change Superheroes?

Systems Thinking and Climate Activism in the Children’s Eternal Rainforest

An elementary school teacher developed the Quetzal Conundrum game to help students understand the impact of global warming in Costa Rica.

Where Are the Climate Change Superheroes?

A Colonizing Agenda

Wayne Au on Bill Gates’ Education Failures

Janine Jackson, program director at Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) and host of their weekly radio show CounterSpin, interviewed Rethinking Schools editor Wayne Au over the summer about the failure of Bill Gates’ educational initiatives. This transcript of the interview has been edited for clarity and length. JANINE JACKSON: A new report from the RAND Corporation concludes that the multimillion-dollar teacher evaluation project, championed and partially bankrolled by Bill Gates,...

A Colonizing Agenda

“Love Is Shining in My Heart for You, Dear Haiti”

“Haiti is one of the poorest countries in the world.” That’s the only thing this Haitian American teacher remembers being taught in school about her family’s country of origin. She calls for a revolution in how educators teach Haiti.

“Love Is Shining  in My Heart for You, Dear Haiti”

Shock-Doctrine Schooling in Haiti

Neoliberalism off the Richter scale

Immediately after an earthquake devastated Haiti in 2010, corporations swooped in to capitalize on the destruction and to privatize public enterprises. Hagopian explores how disaster capitalism hit the education system and what the effects were on students and families.

Shock-Doctrine Schooling in Haiti

The Constant Testing of Black Brilliance

An educator reflects on how the education system has continually tested her Blackness from grade school through professional development, and argues that we need more Black spaces to nurture brilliance.

The Constant Testing of Black Brilliance

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

“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

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