ERIC Number: ED388588
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Rethinking Our Classrooms: Teaching for Equity and Justice.
Bigelow, Bill, Ed.; And Others
This collection includes creative teaching ideas, articles, essays, poems, reproducible handouts, resources, lesson plans, narratives and hands-on examples of ways teachers can promote values of community, justice and equality, while building academic skills. The book is divided into seven parts. Part 1, "Introduction", includes: (1) "Creating Classrooms for Equity and Social Justice" (editors); and (2) "Lions" (Langston Hughes). Part 2, "Points of Departure", includes a number of readings that exemplify teaching principles outlined in the introduction, including: (1) "Unlearning the Myths that Bind Us" (Linda Christensen); (2) "10 Quick Ways to Analyze Children's Books" (Council on Interracial Books for Children); and (3) "Ode to My Socks" (Pablo Neruda). Part 3, "Rethinking My Clasroom" includes "core" articles. At various grade levels and disciplines, teachers offer concrete examples of how a social justice curriculum transformed their classroom practice. Articles include: (1) "Race and Respect Among Young Children" (Rita Tenorio); (2) "The Challenge of Classroom Discipline" (Bob Peterson); and (3) "Building Community for Chaos" (Linda Christensen). Part 4, "Teaching Ideas", explores practical ways young people can critique powerful influences such as racism, sexism, and homophobia. It includes: (1) "Using Pictures to Combat Bias" (Ellen Wolpert); (2) "Bringing the World into the Math Class" (Claudia Zaslavsky); (3) "Coping with TV" (Bob Peterson); (4) "Looking Pretty, Waiting for the Prince" (Lila Johnson); and (5) "Flirting vs. Sexual Harassment: Teaching the Difference" (Ellen Bravo; Larry Miller). Part 5, "Rethinking Our Assumptions," addresses issues ranging from cultural differences between students and teachers to biases in children's literature. It includes: (1) "Teachers and Cultural Styles" (Asa G. Hilliard III); (2) "The Politics of Children's Literature" (Herbert Kohl); and (3) "Students as Textbook Detectives" (Bill Bigelow; Bob Peterson). Part 6, "Beyond the Classroom," includes: (1) "Why We Need to Go Beyond the Classroom" (Stan Karp); (2) "Forging Curriculum Reform Throughout a District" (David Levine); (3) "Why Standardized Tests Are Bad" (Terry Meier); and (4) "Detracking Montclair High" (Stan Karp). Part 7, "Teaching Guide/Resources," includes: (1) "Poetry Teaching Guide"; (2) "Videos with a Conscience" (Bill Bigelow; Linda Christensen); (3) "Books to Empower Young People"; and (4) "Other Resources." (EH)
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Civics, Cross Cultural Studies, Cultural Activities, Cultural Education, Cultural Interrelationships, Cultural Pluralism, Educational Change, Educational Innovation, Elementary Secondary Education, Ethnic Groups, Ethnocentrism, Interdisciplinary Approach, Justice, Multicultural Education, School Restructuring
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