Volume 33, No. 1 — Fall 2018

Volume 33, No. 1 — Fall 2018
Cover Theme: Protecting Students in the Era of ICE

“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?”
Free Editorial

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
Features

“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

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?

“Did Any of You Just Search for ‘Physicist’?”

Exploring Racism and Privilege in Physics Class

A physics teacher uses student research and other exercises to urge his high school class to wrestle with race, privilege, and representation.

“Did Any of  You Just Search for ‘Physicist’?”

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

The Importance of Goodbye

When Students Leave Midyear

A high school teacher explores how the dynamics of a classroom can change when a student leaves and what the effects can be on that student, the other students, and the teacher.

The Importance of Goodbye