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Rethinking Our Classrooms, Volume 1 - New Edition!


Since the first edition was published in 1994, Rethinking Our Classrooms has sold over 180,000 copies.

This revised and expanded edition includes new essays on:

  • science and environmental education
  • immigration and language
  • military recruitment
  • teaching about the world through mathematics
  • gay and lesbian issues.

Creative teaching ideas, compelling classroom narratives, and hands-on examples show how teachers can promote the values of community, justice, and equality while building academic skills.

A great resource for new and veteran K-12 teachers, as well as teacher education and staff development programs.


  • Building Community From Chaos
  • Race and Respect Among Young Children
  • Why Students Should Study History: An Interview with Howard Zinn
  • Taking Multicultural, Anti-Racist Education Seriously
  • Unlearning the Myths that Bind Us: Critiquing Cartoons and Society
  • Teaching Standard English: Whose Standard?
  • Teaching About Global Warming in Truck Country
  • Math, SATs, and Racial Profiling
  • Students Mobilize for Immigrant Rights
  • Equity Claims for NCLB Don’t Pass the Test
  • Why We Need to Go Beyond the Classroom

Buy the combined set of the first and second volumes of this groundbreaking series for only $24.95


“Terrific! A dynamite collection packed with moral energy, but also very, very useful. Even more powerful, with even richer material, than the original edition. Buy hundreds of copies for your students, fellow teachers, and principals. Give some to your school board members. This is political pedagogy of the gutsy kind we almost never see these days.”

Jonathan Kozol, author of Savage Inequalities and The Shame of the Nation

“A treasure trove of insights, creative activities, and valuable resources for the critical classroom, Rethinking Our Classrooms will help teachers wrestle with many of the issues we face in this new millennium from racism and gender identity to immigration phobia, global warming and the testing craze. Inspired stories of real-life classrooms make this new edition of Rethinking Our Classrooms better than ever!”

Sonia Nieto, Professor Emerita, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Rethinking Our Classrooms, Volume 1 - New Edition!
Teaching for Equity and Justice

edited by Wayne Au , Bill Bigelow , Stan Karp


2007 • ISBN 9780942961355
240 Pages

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