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Meet The New Rebels Taking Back Our Public Schools
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. Welcome to Education Spring.

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When This Teacher’s Ethnic Studies Classes Were Banned, His Students Took the District to Court—and Won

When This Teacher’s Ethnic Studies Classes Were Banned, His Students Took the District to Court—and Won

Curtis Acosta's classes in Mexican American Studies gave kids pride in their heritage—until the Arizona Legislature canceled them. That's when his students became activists, and some real-life lessons began.

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Unleashing Empathy: How Teachers Transform Classrooms With Emotional Learning

Unleashing Empathy: How Teachers Transform Classrooms With Emotional Learning

The secret to learning self-awareness, cooperation, and other “social and emotional learning” skills lies in experience, not in workbooks and rote classroom exercises.

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You Can’t Bounce Off the Walls If There Are No Walls: Outdoor Schools Make Kids Happier—and Smarter

You Can’t Bounce Off the Walls If There Are No Walls: Outdoor Schools Make Kids Happier—and Smarter

New approaches to kindergarten offer us a glimpse of what childhood used to be, and still could be—the modern re-creation of the children’s garden. If we looked to these examples, we might be able to rescue childhood.

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Legalization is a Human Rights Issue: Latin America Steps Up Resolve to End the Drug Wars

Legalization is a Human Rights Issue: Latin America Steps Up Resolve to End the Drug Wars

On the heels of pot legalization in Washington and Colorado, the movement for less punitive drug policy is coalescing at every level. Its new leaders could come from the very countries that have suffered the most.

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Proponent of Bush Administration’s No Child Left Behind Law: “I Was Wrong”

Proponent of Bush Administration’s No Child Left Behind Law: “I Was Wrong”

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.

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These Seattle Teachers Boycotted Standardized Testing—and Sparked a Nationwide Movement

These Seattle Teachers Boycotted Standardized Testing—and Sparked a Nationwide Movement

Parents, students, and teachers all over the country have joined the revolt to liberate our kids from a test-obsessed education system.

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John Lewis’ Moving Graphic Novel Brings the Civil Rights Struggle to a New Generation

John Lewis’ Moving Graphic Novel Brings the Civil Rights Struggle to a New Generation

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.

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This Is What Happened When Scholastic Tried to Bring Pro-Coal Propaganda to School

This Is What Happened When Scholastic Tried to Bring Pro-Coal Propaganda to School

“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.

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Remember When We Toppled SOPA/PIPA in Just 24 Hours? How the People Can Still Win on Net Neutrality

Remember When We Toppled SOPA/PIPA in Just 24 Hours? How the People Can Still Win on Net Neutrality

When it comes to limiting digital rights, big companies are in cahoots with governments like never before. But the belief that everyone deserves safe, affordable, and private access to the Internet is taking off.

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Nothing to Hide? Why Facebook's Fine Print Is Still Worth Fighting

Nothing to Hide? Why Facebook's Fine Print Is Still Worth Fighting

Devices we use every day are turning our personal data over to huge corporations. But can we win our privacy back?

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The Myth Behind Public School Failure

The Myth Behind Public School Failure

In the rush to privatize the country’s schools, corporations and politicians have decimated school budgets, replaced teaching with standardized testing, and placed the blame on teachers and students.

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Meet the New Rebels Taking Back Our Public Schools

Meet the New Rebels Taking Back Our Public Schools

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.

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Discipline With Dignity: Oakland Classrooms Try Healing Instead of Punishment

Discipline With Dignity: Oakland Classrooms Try Healing Instead of Punishment

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.

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A Passion for Peppers: The Movement to Save New Mexico's Treasured Chiles

A Passion for Peppers: The Movement to Save New Mexico's Treasured Chiles

New Mexico's traditional landrace chile varieties have adapted to hot days, cold nights, and long dry spells. But can they survive modern agribusiness?

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When Big Money Controls Big Media, There’s a Big Decline in Democracy

When Big Money Controls Big Media, There’s a Big Decline in Democracy

“Dollarocracy” examines innovations in other democratic nations to solve our money-in-politics crisis.

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