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The “Twilight” Manifesto: What Pop Culture Gets Wrong—and Right—About Masculinity
by Christopher Zumski Finkeposted Mar 21, 2014
- Blockbuster series like Twilight have left their mark on a generation of girls, but what message are they sending boys? Here are a few to look out for.
Defending the Earth, Even After Death: The Green Burial Movement
by Hunter Marshallposted Mar 20, 2014
- The greenest burial places essentially transform the cemetery into a nature preserve—and a "posthumous occupation" of a $20 billion funeral industry.
A New Story for a New Economy
by David Kortenposted Mar 19, 2014
- David Korten's new essay (available to read as a PDF) connects the work of finding a new sacred story with the effort to build a new economy.
Proponent of Bush Administration’s No Child Left Behind Law: “I Was Wrong”
by Scott Nineposted Mar 14, 2014
- In her new book, Diane Ravitch—one of the leading thinkers behind the controversial Bush-era law—explores how the faulty logic of high-stakes testing, charter school expansion, and privatization hinders education.
These Seattle Teachers Boycotted Standardized Testing—and Sparked a Nationwide Movement
by Diane Brooksposted Mar 14, 2014
- Parents, students, and teachers all over the country have joined the revolt to liberate our kids from a test-obsessed education system.
Typhoon Haiyan Survivors Dance to Pharrell Williams—and They Are Incredible
posted Mar 13, 2014
- Want to see a different side of Tacloban City's destruction? These survivors’ moves will change how you think about resilience after chaos.
A Happy Life or a Meaningful One—Do We Really Need to Choose?
by Jill Suttie, Jason Marshposted Mar 11, 2014
- Researchers continue to debate whether people face a genuine trade-off between seeking a happy life and a meaningful one.
John Lewis’ Moving Graphic Novel Brings the Civil Rights Struggle to a New Generation
by Valerie Schloredtposted Mar 06, 2014
- In the tradition of “Maus” and “Persepolis,” “March” tells the story of young African Americans who, like its author, rose up from the Jim Crow South to assert their human rights.
This Is What Happened When Scholastic Tried to Bring Pro-Coal Propaganda to School
by Bill Bigelowposted Mar 06, 2014
- “The United States of Energy” was a colorful series of lessons on the advantages of coal, aimed at 4th-graders—and sponsored by Big Coal. Here’s how educators and activists worked together to get it out of classrooms.
Teenage Defender of First Nations Rights Becomes Literal Superhero
by Christopher Zumski Finkeposted Mar 05, 2014
- Shannen Koostachin, a teenage activist who died before ever seeing the results of her work, has inspired a new hero in the DC Universe.
The Radical Homemaker Turns 40
by Shannon Hayesposted Mar 04, 2014
- I've learned to embrace the dreams I most deeply desire, but also the burdens that so often work against them.
West Virginians Raise Alarm as Research Links Coal Mining to Cancer, Birth Defects
by Erin L. McCoyposted Feb 26, 2014
- Recent studies suggest that coal mining affects the health of everyone who lives nearby—not just those who work in the mines.
From Trayvon Martin to Jordan Davis: Can Art Provide Justice When Courts Fail?
by Carla Murphyposted Feb 21, 2014
- "Having not been a judge or a witness who could've helped communicate what Michael Dunn did, my art is the only way I can give Jordan Davis justice."
Meet the New Rebels Taking Back Our Public Schools
by Sarah van Gelderposted Feb 21, 2014
- For decades the myth of failing public schools justified industrial-scale testing and a privatization agenda. Now radical educators are bursting the bubble test, getting culturally relevant, and restoring justice to the classroom.
Discipline With Dignity: Oakland Classrooms Try Healing Instead of Punishment
by Fania Davisposted Feb 19, 2014
- As executive director of Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth, Fania Davis sees programs like hers as part of the way to end the school-to-prison pipeline.