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Aquí y Allá

An elementary teacher uses the poetry of Jorge Argueta to help students express their feelings about leaving one country for another.

Aquí y Allá

What’s Up with All the Teacher Bashing?

Summer 2010By the Editors of Rethinking Schools It’s hard not to take it personally: A few months ago, the cover of Newsweek consisted of 11 sentences in chalk on a blackboard. They all said the same thing: “We must fire bad teachers.” Big yellow text in the center called it “The Key to Saving American Education.” Teachers have always been devalued in the United States, but in the past months the...

What’s Up with All the Teacher Bashing?

A Librarian in Every School, Books in Every Home

A Modest Proposal

Elementary school students join a campaign to save school librarians.

A Librarian in Every School, Books in Every Home

What Happened to Local Control?

Excerpts from a speech by the Stanford University professor on what he terms "a lost opportunity in American education: the power of local control to link public schools more firmly to their communities."

What Happened to Local Control?

Beyond Marbles

Percent change and social justice

Middle school students analyze a classroom full of social justice issues, armed with their understanding of percent change.

Beyond Marbles

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

My First Year as a Teacher of Color

Teaching Against the Grain

A teacher of color writes about obstacles he faced during his first year in the classroom and the support he received — and did not receive — from other teachers and administrators. >>> Interviewing for my first teaching job out of school, I arrived excited in a suit and tie as I was walked to a sunny corner office to meet the principal. A charming middle-aged white woman with a bright smile, a bubbly personality, and contagious excitement, she seemed eager to get to know me and asked to hear my story and find out how this man of Color decided to go into teaching. . . .

My First Year as a Teacher of Color

Crossing Borders, Building Empathy

A 5th-grade teacher uses the short story "First Crossing" to promote empathy for Mexicans entering the United States without documents.

Crossing Borders, Building Empathy

Excerpts from The Line Between Us

After numerous trips to the U.S.-Mexico border, a teacher helps students explore "free trade" and immigration.

Excerpts from The Line Between Us

Tax the Rich, Fight Climate Change

Column: Earth, Justice, and Our Classrooms

The latest installment of our Earth, Justice, and Our Classrooms column looks to a piece of very good news that national media missed following the 2018 midterm elections. By a margin of almost two-to-one, tens of thousands of Portland, Oregon, voters approved an imaginative clean energy initiative that offers a model for the rest of the country — at the ballot box, but also in our classrooms.

Tax the Rich, Fight Climate Change

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