Dear friend of Rethinking Schools….
smf: I got an e-mail pushing the above …I was wary.
Usually slick publications like Rethinking Schools end up being more of the same Bill Gatesian/Eli Broadian edubabble – promoting the shiny sheet metal, the effortless handling – and the power – of the vehicles contending in Race to the Top.
No more waiting, Superman is here. Buy a case of magic bullets.
The Kool Aid is cold+sweet.
Get some today!
Not so! I read on:
Parents have plenty of reasons to be upset with our schools. Unfortunately, their anger is being channeled by corporate funders whose schemes for privatization, smashing unions, and ever more testing will only make things much, much worse. In this issue we shine a light on two efforts to manipulate parents into supporting corporate "reform"—Stand for Children and parent trigger laws.
Following is the whole wretched mess.The counterattack on on - this is no time to be Fair+Balanced!
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
COLUMNS and DEPARTMENTS
SOS March Builds Pushback to Corporate Reform
By Stan Karp
By Herb Kohl
Your friend smf @ 4LAKids wanted to tell you about Rethinking Schools (www.rethinkingschools.org). Here will you find articles and books that promote justice and equality in the classroom -- innovative lesson plans that speak to the real lives of students, and classroom materials that teach respect for diversity.
Rethinking Schools examines harmful education policies and offers alternatives that are backed by research and the experience of teacher-editors who work in real classrooms every day. Advocates for public schools rely on Rethinking Schools to keep them informed. And we hope you will too.
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