Tennessee Tied Teachers' Jobs to Standardized Test Scores. Here's How They Pushed Back—And Won.
by Molly RuskMay 30, 2014
- The teachers found their careers at risk when an erratic statistical tool became a key measure of their success.
Meet 6 Nutrition Blogger Moms Who Crashed the McDonald's Shareholder Meeting
by YES! EditorsMay 22, 2014
- Current trends suggest one in three kids will develop Type 2 diabetes as adults. These moms told McDonald’s CEO Don Thompson what they think about the fast food industry targeting their kids.
4 Signs Net Neutrality Isn't Dead (Despite an FCC Proposal You're Not Going to Like)
by James TrimarcoMay 16, 2014
- They didn't get the proposal they wanted from the FCC. But proponents of a fair and open Internet made important strikes, and the debate is just getting started.
The War on Drugs Destroys Lives—Here Are 6 Things You Can Do About It
by Wendy CallMay 16, 2014
- The movement to end the violence through the decriminalization of drugs has never had so much momentum. And it's never been easier to get involved.
Meet the Girl Who Sparked Brown v. The Board of Education With a High School Walkout
by Nadine BlochMay 16, 2014
- The stories of people behind the landmark decision—like that of 16-year-old Barbara Rose Johns—are even more compelling and inspiring than the sea-changing ruling itself.
This Fifth-Grader Raised $200,000 to Clean Up the Gulf Oil Spill by Selling Watercolors
by Christine St. Pierre, Miles BeckerApr 30, 2014
- These three young activists found creative ways to tackle issues from climate change to voting rights.
When This Teacher’s Ethnic Studies Classes Were Banned, His Students Took the District to Court—and Won
by Jing FongApr 25, 2014
- 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.
Why Saul Alinsky, Author of "Rules" for Social Change, Would Probably Break Them Today
by Mark Engler, Paul EnglerApr 10, 2014
- Most organizers today believe that Alinsky taught to focus on building organizations and not social movements. But the author's own political work shows a more flexible approach.
Edward Snowden's TED Talk Offers Guided Tour of NSA Leaks
Mar 21, 2014
- The former NSA contractor, who is living in asylum in Russia, spoke from the screen of a wheeled robot.
These Seattle Teachers Boycotted Standardized Testing—and Sparked a Nationwide Movement
by Diane BrooksMar 14, 2014
- Parents, students, and teachers all over the country have joined the revolt to liberate our kids from a test-obsessed education system.
W. Virginia's Grassroots Response to Water Crisis: A Movement in the Making?
by Dana KuhnlineMar 13, 2014
- Community responses to the Elk River chemical spill draw on West Virginia's long, proud history of grassroots work for environmental and economic justice.
John Lewis’ Moving Graphic Novel Brings the Civil Rights Struggle to a New Generation
by Valerie SchloredtMar 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 BigelowMar 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.
A Social Justice Tour of Oscar Winners Through the Decades
by Christopher Zumski FinkeFeb 28, 2014
- The upcoming Academy Awards will recognize some of 2013’s best social justice-themed films. Here are some of our favorite past winners.
Tiny Houses for the Homeless: An Affordable Solution Catches On
by Erika LundahlFeb 20, 2014
- A growing number of towns and cities have found a practical solution to homelessness through the construction of tiny-house villages—and housing officials are taking notice.