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Bill Bigelow

Bill Bigelow

Bill Bigelow taught high school social studies in Portland, Oregon for almost 30 years. He is the curriculum editor of Rethinking Schools and the co-director of the Zinn Education Project. This project offers free materials to teach people’s history and an “If We Knew Our History” article series. Bigelow is author or co-editor of numerous books, including "A People’s History for the Classroom," and "The Line Between Us: Teaching About the Border and Mexican Immigration," and most recently, "A People's Curriculum for the Earth: Teaching Climate Change and the Environmental Crisis."

Articles by this author

 

Ten Years After Howard Zinn’s Death — Lessons from the People’s Historian

Now is an especially good time to remember some of Howard Zinn’s wisdom.

Bill Bigelow ·


It's Time to Abolish Columbus Day

Just as the climate justice movement is doing with fossil fuels, we can organize our communities and our schools to divest from Columbus. And that would be something to celebrate.

Bill Bigelow ·


Rep. Barbara Lee Calls for Climate Education in All Schools

“We need to teach every young person the human impacts of climate change and how to combat the climate crisis before it is too late.”  

Bill Bigelow ·


The Real Irish-American History Not Taught in Schools

Sadly, today's corporate textbook-producers are no more interested in feeding student curiosity about the poverty and inequality that drove the famine than were British landlords interested in feeding Irish peasants

Bill Bigelow ·


Tax the Rich, Fight the Climate Crisis

Why we need much more of what solidarity and organizing just accomplished in Oregon

Bill Bigelow ·


Whose History Matters? Students Can Name Columbus, But Most Have Never Heard of the Taíno People

Columbus’s treatment of the Taíno people meets the UN definition of genocide. But there has also been a curricular genocide — erasing the memory of the Taíno from our nation’s classrooms

Bill Bigelow ·


The Real Irish-American History Not Taught in Schools

Sadly, today's corporate textbook-producers are no more interested in feeding student curiosity about the poverty and inequality that drove the famine than were British landlords interested in feeding Irish peasants

Bill Bigelow ·


What Spielberg’s The Post — and Our Textbooks — Leave Out

Sadly, too many textbooks found in the nation's school hide pretty much everything that is important in the world — from the roots of American racism, to the war against Mexico; and from the causes and consequences of climate change, to, yes, the nature of the Vietnam War.

Bill Bigelow ·

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