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Jonathan Kozol: 25 Years Among the Poorest Children

Kozol has a new book out, Fire in the Ashes: Twenty-Five Years Among the Poorest Children in America. He starts his book tour in late August. Learn more.

Teaching About Labor Issues and the Wisconsin Worker Fight Back

A list of resources, including books, songs, articles, videos, and commentary, that you can use to develop curriculum and teach about the Wisconsin worker protests and related issues.


Rethinking Schools in the media

Rethinking Schools editors and writers appear regularly on local and national media, and publish or are cited in numerous venues to address critical issues in education. Below is a sampling:

"Who Teaches What About Coal?"

An interview with curriculum editor Bill Bigelow on KBOO Community Radio's Old Mole Variety Hour. 

August 29, 2011

"Veteran WI Teacher: Don't Expand Voucher Program"

Rethinking Schools editor and 30-year Milwaukee teacher Bob Peterson was quoted extensively in this story about Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's plans to expand the private school voucher program.

"Just Say No to Voucher Expansion" by Barbara Miner

In this Milwaukee Journal Sentinel opinion column Barbara Miner, a frequent contributor to Rethinking Schools magazine, urges legislators to "just say no" to Wisconsin Governor Walker's proposal to expand the private school voucher program statewide.

"Old Mole" Radio Interview with Bob Peterson

Editor Bob Peterson talks with Bill Resnick on Portland, Oregon's KBOO radio about the Wisconsin worker protests and what's at stake for unions and workers across the country.

Monday, February 21, 2011

"Old Mole" Radio Interview with Stan Karp

Rethinking Schools Editor Stan Karp was interviewed on Portland, Oregon's KBOO radio on December 6, 2010. Listen to the interview, as he talks with the "Old Mole's" Bill Resnick about the limitations and problems of charter schools:


Columbus day, 2010: What educators are teaching in the classroom today

Rethinking Schools founder and editor Bob Peterson was interviewed on The Takeaway program (a co-production of WNYC Radio and Public Radio International, in collaboration with The BBC World Service, New York Times Radio and WGBH Boston) October 11, 2010 about where efforts to broaden the discussion of Columbus' role in history stand in 2010. The interview is available for listening here:


Testing the joy out of kindergarten

A version of Kelly McMahon's Rethinking Schools article, "Testing Kindergarten: Young Children Produce Data -- Lots of Data," (Winter 2009-2010) was published September 2 by the Progressive Media Project. The Progressive magazine editor Matt Rothschild told us it was their most popular article for a time, with over 3,000 hits in a 24 hour period.


Fire in his heart

Rethinking Schools founder and editor Bob Peterson is featured in the new book Fire in the Heart: How White Activists Embrace Racial Justice by Mark R. Warren, published by Oxford University Press. See Chapter 6.


"It's the Poverty, Stupid: The education reform debate is misdirected."

Rethinking Schools founder and editor Bob Peterson is quoted in an In These Times article by Roger Bybee, who urges advocates of egalitarian public education to "frame the issue in a way that puts educational achievement — or the lack thereof — in its proper context."


Rethinking Schools editor's students in School Library Journal

With school systems under pressure to cut costs, library services are endangered all across the country. Some communities have mustered an array of grassroots and web-based tools to save their schools' libraries. In the August 1, 2010, article "Everyday Advocacy: Making a Case for Libraries Is Easy with Web Tools. Here’s How to Get Started," School Library Journal uses the experience of RS editor Bob Peterson's students in organizing to save their school's library as an example.


Rethinking Schools editorial on CommonDreams.org

The progressive news website CommonDreams recently posted the editorial from the summer issue of Rethinking Schools, "What's Up with All the Teacher Bashing?" CommonDreams has over 200,000 subscribers, and by July 7 the article had already generated almost 100 written comments at the site.


Rethinking Schools on CommonDreams.org

CommonDreams.org has just selected Bob Peterson's Summer 2010 Rethinking Schools article, "A Librarian in Every School, Books in Every Home: A Modest Proposal" as a featured viewpoint at its website.


Rethinking Schools writer was kidnapped

The Nation magazine reports that, contrary to previous news stories, the three U.S. hikers seized by Iran in July 2009 were not in Iranian territory, but in Iraq when captured. One of the hikers, Sarah Shourd, had been working on an article for Rethinking Schools on her work teaching Iraqi refugees in Damascus, Syria.


For ways to support Sarah Shourd, Shane Bauer, and Josh Fattal:


Rethinking Schools editor's lasting influence

Rethinking Schools writer Renee Watson ["Five Years After the Levee Broke -- Bearing Witness Through Poetry," Summer 2010] was a student of Linda Christensen's at Portland's Jefferson High School. Watson has two books coming out this year, and thanks Christensen: "I owe a lot to Linda Christensen. She's a jewel."


The impact of high stakes testing

A story on Free Speech Radio about high school dropout rates in Philadelphia includes commentary by Rethinking Schools editor Wayne Au on the impact of high stakes testing.


Teaching Outside the Textbook

The Zinn Education Project, a collaboration of Rethinking Schools and Teaching for Change, just gave away 500 copies of Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States to 20 teachers around the country who had sent in stories of how they teach a more honest, multicultural, and critical history to their students. (Eighty teachers had submitted stories.) For example, see this news story that ran in a Camarillo, Calif. newspaper about one of the recipients, Angelica Chavez:


Other reports on the activities and impact of the Zinn Education Project are posted at: http://www.zinnedproject.org/news. See "Teaching Outside the Textbook Across the Country."

Rewriting social studies: Bash Texas' curriculum, but is Oregon's much better?

On June 6, The Sunday Oregonian, Oregon's largest daily newspaper, published a version of Bill Bigelow's Summer 2010 Rethinking Schools article, "Those Awful Texas Social Studies Standards -- And What About Yours?"


Rethinking Federal Education Policy

Listen to Stan Karp’s interview on federal education policy as part of a The National Radio Project’s coverage of education issues:


Teach for America: Looking Past the Spin

Listen to Barbara Miner talk about her article on Teacher for America that appeared in the Spring 2010 issue of Rethinking Schools. She appeared on FAIR’s weekly radio program, CounterSpin.



Larry Miller

Rethinking Schools editor and board member Larry Miller was elected to the School Board of Milwaukee Public Schools in April of 2009. He taught in Milwaukee Public Schools for over 18 years at Custer High School, Metropolitan High School and W.E.B. Du Bois High School. His two sons are graduates of Milwaukee Public Schools.


Education Activism and Advocacy

We're NOT "Waiting for Superman"

On Sept. 24, a new film, "Waiting for Superman," will draw media attention to public education across the country. Unfortunately, most of it will be negative. So we've started a project to talk back to the film and the message it promotes. We hope you will join us at NOTwaitingforsuperman.org.

The message of the film is that public schools are failing because of bad teachers and their unions. The film's "solution," to the minimal extent it suggests one, is to replace them with "great" charter schools and teachers who have less power over their schools and classrooms.

This message is not just wrong. In the current political climate, it's toxic.

Please read the rest ...

Core Wins Leadership of Chicago Teachers Union


State Man Walking To Washington To Protest Federal Education Policies


Education News and Policy

Criticism of Race to the Top Growing

Rethinking Schools editor Bob Peterson gives us a quick round-up of recent events in the media.


Race to the Top on "Democracy Now" radio July 30, 2010

The lead segment on "Democracy Now" for July 30, 2010 was about the Race to the Top; it took off from Obama's major RttT defense at the National Urban League's 100th anniversary convention, and included interviews with Diane Ravitch and Leonie Haimson, from Class Size Matters.


Ed Left: Burning Down the House

A good July 4 essay on current education policy


Hedge Funds for Education Reform


New KIPP Study Flawed


A Better Way to Assess Students and Schools