Rethinking Schools: An Agenda for Change

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Rethinking Schools includes sections on rethinking language arts and social studies curricula, testing and tracking, national education policy, antibias and multicultural education, and building school communities. These articles are practical essays by classroom teachers as well as educators such as Henry Louis Gates Jr., Bill Bigelow, Lisa D. Delpit, and Howard Zinn. Resource lists of relevant books, videos, organizations, and materials on each topic make this a powerful tool for implementing successful school reform.


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David Levine is a former high school English teacher. He is currently enrolled at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in the Education Policy Studies graduate program.

Robert Lowe is associate professor of education at the National-Louis University, Evanston, Illinois.

Bob Peterson is an elementary school teacher at La Escuela Rratney in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Rita Tenorio is a bilingual teacher at La Escuela Fratney in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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In 1986, a group of Milwaukee-area teachers, frustrated with the pace of education reform, created the quarterly journal Rethinking Schools. Since its inception, the journal has gained a reputation for insightful writing about some of the most controversial issues in contemporary education. A mix of thought-provoking essays, interviews, and practical suggestions culled from the journal, this book addresses the most pressing concerns of reformers in five different subject areas: "Multiculturalism and Antibias Education," "Rethinking the Curriculum," "Testing and Tracking," "National Policy Concerns," and "Teachers, Students and Parents." In addition to providing sound advice for dealing with these issues on a day-to-day basis, the book also includes resource and material lists in each chapter. The contributors range from national education reform figures and activists to current classroom teachers. Their refreshing and accessible writing not only advocates reform but also demands public accountability. An intelligent, thoughtful work, this compilation takes a small but profound step toward liberating the public school system from the dreary, ineffective mandates that have ruled the education field for decades. Kathleen Hughes

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