The Editors of Rethinking Schools

Little Kids, Big Fears: Talking About North Korea (and Trump) With Eight Year Olds

Recently, an editor from the magazine Rethinking Schools was chaperoning a school field trip when he overheard a 2nd-grade student talking about how he wanted to “nuke the world.” 

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What Restorative Justice Is -- and Isn't

Misbehave, get punished. That pretty much sums up the approach to “disciplining” students that educators through the decades have taken in schools and classrooms. The most extreme form of this law-and-order strategy is zero tolerance, described in Rethinking Schools by Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn back in 2000, as these policies gained popularity:

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The Gathering Resistance to Standardized Tests

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan touched off a torrent of criticism last November when he told a group of state school superintendents that opposition to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) was coming from “white suburban moms who—all of a sudden—their child isn’t as brilliant as they thought they were, and their school isn’t quite as good as they thought.”

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What Will It Take to Make Schools Safe for the LGBTQ Community?

Please support Rethinking Schools' Indiegogo campaign to fund the publication of Rethinking Sexism, Gender, and Sexuality!

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The Trouble with the Common Core

It isn't easy to find common ground on the Common Core. Already hailed as the “next big thing” in education reform, the Common Core State Standards are being rushed into classrooms in nearly every district in the country. Although these “world-class” standards raise substantive questions about curriculum choices and instructional practices, such educational concerns are likely to prove less significant than the role the Common Core is playing in the larger landscape of our polarized education reform politics.

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