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The Human Lives Behind the Labels

The lead article in a Rethinking Schools special report about the international exploitation of low-wage workers, many of them children, and how teachers are bringing this issue to life in their classrooms.

The Human Lives Behind the Labels

Defeating Despair

An excerpt from the forthcoming book, Rethinking Globalization: Teaching for Justice in an Unjust World.

Defeating Despair

Standards and Multiculturalism

Multiculturalism is a search. It's a conversation to discover silenced perspectives. Yet standardization emphasizes one "fixed" answer.

Standards          and Multiculturalism

The Big One

Teaching about climate change

The environmental crisis requires a profound social and curricular rethinking.

The Big One

What Students Are Capable Of

Sexual Harassment and the Collateral Beauty of Resistance

“We have something to tell you but we’re worried about getting you too involved. We don’t want to get you in trouble,” Baylee and Zaida whispered excitedly as they wiggled through the crack in my classroom door on my prep. I was confused to see them in such high spirits because earlier in the day they had been crushed by news from our administration. For more than two months they had been part of our Restorative Justice club that had been planning two half-day workshops around women empowerment for female-identifying students and toxic masculinity for male-identifying students. The club of 11 demographically diverse students had been urging adults in our building to do something about sexual harassment since October, when they made sexual assault and harassment their Restorative Justice club theme of the month and visited 9th grade classes to lead circles on the topic. This opened up a door for 9th graders to continue to reach out to upperclassmen about the harassment they were facing.

What Students Are Capable Of

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

Curriculum Exploring World History and Current Events with David Rovics A Musical Teaching Aiddavidrovics.com/history/ The radical troubadour David Rovics has organized many of his songs into themed teaching modules, adding commentary and context. Fifteen modules include 10 to 15 entries on different events, each including a song, along with written reflections. David Rovics sings people’s history to life. His songs can be funny, poignant, or outrageous, but they never fail to...

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

Climate Change, Gender, and Nuclear Bombs

Column: Earth, Justice, and Our Classrooms

In the spring 2011 issue of Rethinking Schools we editorialized about the immense gulf between our terrible environmental crisis — especially the climate crisis — and the adequacy of schools’ curricular response. Seven years later, we still see this gap between crisis and curriculum — which is why we are launching this regular “Earth, Justice, and Our Classrooms” column: to offer encouragement and resources for teachers to help students explore the roots and consequences of the crisis and figure out how to respond.

Climate Change, Gender, and Nuclear Bombs

The Teacher Uprising of 2018

They’re calling it the “Education Spring,” and what started in a rural county in southwest West Virginia has spread like wildfire and inspired teachers and other public sector workers across the country. “Healthcare was bad, the pay was bad, the working conditions were bad . . . you’ve got too many kids in the classroom. It’s the same issues that we see across the country and across the world and we...

The Teacher Uprising of 2018

“I Believe You”

Responsive Teacher Talk and Our Children’s Lives

To all of my students: I believe you. Every Monday morning Lilly would walk into our 1st-grade classroom with downcast eyes and a heavy heart. She would wait for everyone to settle in and then quietly beckon me over to her seat and say, “My head hurts.” It became a routine. I would stroke her head and say, “I know you miss your dad. Let’s try participating in school and see if it helps you feel better.” This seems like a reasonable response from a seasoned veteran teacher in her 31st year of teaching. My message to Lilly was I understand children, I understand your life, and I know what is best for you.

“I Believe You”

Black Boys in White Spaces

One Mom’s Reflection

Right away I recognized her. Ruby Bridges. The courageous girl who defied white racists and became the first to integrate an all-white elementary school. My 7-year-old son pulled a handout out of his backpack with her face on it. He is in a bilingual, two-way immersion program at our local elementary school. As is our custom on Friday, we emptied his backpack and sorted the contents. We determined what needed to be recycled, what would be hung on our whiteboard, and what needed to be stored in my Things-to-take-care-of box by the fridge. I smiled, because as a former history teacher and lover of Black history, I was happy to see my son learning about this important historical moment. And then, I took a closer look and saw that it was in Spanish. I was elated as it dawned on me that my son truly is emergent bilingual. “Caleb, what’s this about? Did you read this in school?”

Black Boys in White Spaces

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