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Volume 13 Number 4

Confronting Racism, Promoting Respect
By Tom McKenna
A program developed by a Canadian teachers union takes on racism, giving students new ways to confront their beliefs and the racial discord in their communities.

Bilingual Education: New Visions for a New Era
By Barbara Miner
Two California schools with large Latino populations take very different tacks to preserve bilingual literacy in the wake of Proposition 227's "English-only" provisions.

To Improve Bilingual Ed . . .Bilingual educators describe the challenges faced today by their programs.

Coming Soon: The Son of Unz
By Barbara Miner
The father of California's Prop 227 is coming to Arizona, and perhaps to a state near you.

The Columbine Tragedy
A Rethinking Schools
Editorial Violence in our schools springs from violence in our culture. Stopping violence means stopping the intolerance and bullying that permeate highs schools today. It means treating kids like people instead of test scores. And it means fighting to end the policies that unleash missiles on our enemies while we urge our children to settle their problems peacefully.

Milwaukee: Who Won and Why
By Bob Peterson
The city's school board election was portrayed nationally as a vote on vouchers. But the race was really about race and power, and how bad decisions can doom a campaign.

High-Voltage Protests
By Linda McCants Pendleton
Students and parents are taking action against over-testing. Some student have even launched boycotts and deliberately failed tests to protest how standardized tests distort learning.

Badger State Parent Power
By Linda McCants Pendleton
Wisconsin parents organize against "no social promotion" tests. Politicians are taking notice.

One Size Fits Few
By Susan Ohanian
Do the people developing standards have any clue about kids, and why we shouldn't force "Moby Dick" on them?

Standards and Multiculturalism
By Bill Bigelow
Multiculturalism is a search. It's a conversation to discover silenced perspectives. Yet standardization emphasizes one "fixed" answer.

Yours, Mine, or Ours?
By Sami Miranda
A high school teacher struggles with issues of control and responsibility as he works with students on their literary magazine.

Students: Know Your Rights
By Joanna Dupuis
Details on free speech laws and student publications, as defined by landmark court cases.

Lessons from the Reading Wars
By Jeff McQuillan
Why the real issues that surround reading are ignored or trivialized in politics and academia.

Fiction Posing as Truth: A critical review of Ann Rinaldi's "My Heart is on the Ground: The Diary of Nannie Little Rose, a Sioux Girl."Nine reviewers express outrage at the popular author's work for painting a rosy picture of the infamous government boarding schools for Native American children.

Eyewitness AccountsA much different view of government schools -- from some of the Native Americans forced to attend them.

Why Assess Teachers?
By Michael Apple
Those who assess teachers must look at issues of social justice, both inside and outside the classroom. But the current push for teacher assessment has little to do with such concerns.

Reading and Meaning
By Gerald Coles
Teachers need to get past "whole language vs. phonics" and ask: What values and ideas do children learn as they learn to read?

Making Prejudice Visible
By Ed Oravec
How a teacher used surveys to help students uncover discriminatory attitudes.

Creating Student Surveys
By Ed Oravec
Some terms to know if you're thinking about helping students create surveys.

Research Shows Benefits of Small Classes
By Joanna Dupuis
Two new studies show student gains in smaller classes.

Students say "Enough!"Chicago high school students vow to stop feeding the testing frenzy.