Volume 22, No.4 - Summer 2008

Volume 22, No.4 - Summer 2008
Cover Theme

"The Laptops Are Coming! The Laptops Are Coming!"

Things to think about before the laptops arrive in your classroom.

"The Laptops Are Coming! The Laptops Are Coming!"

A Time to End the Silences

By the Editors of Rethinking Schools

"When texts don't talk about racism, when standards don't mention racism, when teachers don't teach about racism, they automatically eliminate any discussion of anti-racism."

A Time to End the Silences

Prophet Motives

An excerpt from Keeping the Promise?: The Debate Over Charter Schools

"Any discussion of charter schools must ask not only whether charters promote a worthwhile vision of public education, but also whether they are faithful to their own promises."

Prophet Motives

Fault Lines in Merit Pay

"Far from addressing the systemic, institutionalized problems in New York City's public schools, the city's test-based pay program attempts to provide a 'silver bullet' solution by relying on crass material incentives."

Fault Lines in Merit Pay

City Teaching; Beyond the Stereotypes

"For city teachers, it's also about functioning within—and challenging—a system that in many ways works to undercut and even thwart your best efforts."

City Teaching; Beyond the Stereotypes

Rethinking MySpace

"As an educator constantly searching for ways to use popular culture in my classroom, I decided to make MySpace part of my teaching repertoire."

Rethinking MySpace

Childhood Is Dying

"Iraq's children have been more gravely affected by the U.S. occupation than any other segment of the population."

Childhood Is Dying

Empire or Humanity

"The American Empire has always been a bipartisan project—Democrats and Republicans have taken turns extending it, extolling it, justifying it."

Empire or Humanity

Introduction

Introduction

Putting a Human Face on the Immigration Debate

"For those of us working with immigrant populations, we have in our students living examples that we can use to bring the immigration issue to the forefront and teach all of our students."

Putting a Human Face on the Immigration Debate

An Open Letter to the Hispanic Scholarship Fund from the Association of Raza Educators

The Association of Raza Educators implores you: open your scholarships to all students of Hispanic descent regardless of citizenship.

An Open Letter to the Hispanic Scholarship Fund from the Association of Raza Educators

Everything Flowers

"I noted the biased curriculum... the absence of lessons on the Chicano movement or other aspects of my history and culture, the various attempts to make me less Mexican and more white."

Everything Flowers

Pump Up the Blowouts

"This year is the 40th anniversary of the Chicana/o School Blowouts, and I wonder how schools, communities, and the media will mark this important movement."

Pump Up the Blowouts

Review: Our Dignity Can Defeat Anyone

By Julie Treick O'Neill A review of the film Maquilapolis [City of Factories]

Review: Our Dignity Can Defeat Anyone