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Vol. 26, No.1

COVER STORIES • Still Fighting for All Our Children

Blowin' in the Wind

By the editors of Rethinking Schools

The Birth of Rethinking Schools
By Bob Peterson

Rethinking Schools and the Power of Silver
By Christine Sleeter


For or Against Children?
The Problematic History of Stand for Children
By Ken Libby and Adam Sanchez

Trigger Laws: Does Signing a Petition Give Parents a Voice?
By David Bacon

Patterns and Punctuation
Learning to Question Language
By Elizabeth Schlessman

‘Before Today, I Was Afraid of Trees’
Rethinking Nature Deficit Disorder
By Doug Larkin

Why the Best Kids’ Books Are Written in Blood
By Sherman Alexie

What Do You Mean When You Say Urban?
Speaking Honestly About Race and Students
By Dyan Watson

It’s OK to Be Neither
Teaching That Supports Gender-Variant Children
By Melissa Bollow Tempel

The New Model of Teacher Evaluation: How Would Ms. Frizzle Fare?
By Marni Barron and Leigh Dingerson




SOS March Builds Pushback to Corporate Reform
By Stan Karp

By Herb Kohl


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Dear Rethinking Schools friends,

To borrow from Dickens, for Rethinking Schools this has been the best of times and the worst of times.

The best?

We’ve never played a more important role in the movement to transform and defend public education. Some examples:

And the worst of times?

We’ve never seen such a concerted attack on public schools and teachers—never seen such an attempt to undermine public schools in favor of a host of privatization schemes.

And Rethinking Schools’ financial health has never been more precarious. We are barely hanging on, despite the fact that almost all of our editors are volunteers and each of our five staff members juggles multiple projects for low salaries.

It’s hard for us to ask our readers and supporters for money. That’s not what we do. We teach. We write. We organize. We try to make the world a better place.

But we depend on your generous financial contributions to continue this work. Please support our defense of schools and kids and justice with a donation that matches your appreciation for Rethinking Schools.

Thank you. All of our work depends on all of your work.


Bill Bigelow

For the Rethinking Schools editors and staff

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