Rethinking Schools Editorial

Rethinking Schools began as a local effort to address problems such as basal readers, standardized testing, and textbook-dominated curriculum. Since its founding, it has grown into a nationally prominent publisher of educational materials, with subscribers in all 50 states, all 10 Canadian provinces, and many other countries.

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The revolutionary aspirations of the Green New Deal will only be brought to life by people who grasp the enormity of the crisis that humanity faces and the radical changes necessary to address it. (Photo: Michael Brochstein/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)  Views
Wednesday, August 07, 2019
The Green New Deal and Our Schools
As Mark Hertsgaard and Kyle Pope wrote recently in The Nation, "There is a runaway train racing toward us, and its name is climate change. This is not alarmism: It is scientific fact." This is where the Green New Deal , introduced in February by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Edward Markey...
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Friday, June 29, 2018
Keeping Kids Safe — At the Border and in Our Classrooms
Kina, the 6-year-old daughter of one of our editors, walked into the living room when the TV was on last week and saw a visual of children huddled under mylar blankets. “What are those kids doing in there?” she asked. “Are they in jail?” Our editor, her mom, explained that the kids had been...
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Friday, August 11, 2017
Little Kids, Big Fears: How to Talk About Nuclear War and Donald Trump with 2nd-Graders
Recently, a Rethinking Schools editor was a chaperone on a field trip when he overheard a 2nd-grade student talking about how he wanted to “nuke the world.” Taken aback, he asked the child what he meant. “Everything is just so bad. We should just nuke the world and start over.” When pressed further...
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Rally to support teachers and parents boycotting the Illinois Standards Achievement Test. (Photo Credit: More Than a Score/Facebook) Views
Friday, May 16, 2014
The Gathering Resistance to Standardized Tests
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan touched off a torrent of criticism last November when he told a group of state school superintendents that opposition to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) was coming from “white suburban moms who—all of a sudden—their child isn’t as brilliant as they...
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Thursday, January 30, 2014
Connecting the Dots for a Better World
The 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom this past summer produced some brilliant commentary about the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.
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Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Corporate Education 'From Above' and the Trouble with Common Core
It isn't easy to find common ground on the Common Core. Already hailed as the “next big thing” in education reform, the Common Core State Standards are being rushed into classrooms in nearly every district in the country.
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Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Occupy Education: Seizing the Momentum to Reclaim Our Schools
The South African poet and activist Breyten Breytenbach once said, “You Americans have mastered the art of living with the unacceptable.” We hope this is coming to an end—in schools, and in the rest of our society.
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Friday, February 24, 2012
Outlawing Solidarity in Tucson
“Banned in Tucson.”
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Sunday, January 08, 2012
Stop the School-to-Prison Pipeline
“Every man in my family has been locked up. Most days I feel like it doesn’t matter what I do, how hard I try—that’s my fate, too.” —11th-grade African American student, Berkeley, Calif.
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Friday, June 24, 2011
This Is What Solidarity Looks Like
All of us have learned some lessons about the meaning of solidarity from the recent events in Wisconsin. Gov. Scott Walker’s so-called “budget repair bill” was a draconian assault on workers’ rights and unions. He followed this with what the Wisconsin education superintendent called “the greatest state cut to education since the Great Depression” and a host of other cuts that disproportionately affect poor people and people of color.
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