Radical Teacher

Periodical containing articles, photos, interviews, and book reviews on radical feminist theory and practice in education.

Articles from No. 79, Summer

Art and Protest in 20th Century America
English Department, Brooklyn College, CUNY Instructor: Joseph Entin (jentin@brooklyn.cuny.edu) Course Description: This course examines twentieth-century American art that seeks to expose injustice and point the way to a more democratic, egalitarian...
Can Critical Teaching Foster Activism in This Time of Repression?
For my practice of critical teaching, questioning the status quo is the central goal while problem-posing dialogue is the central method. I prefer participatory approaches with subject matters that are local, contemporary, contentious, co-developed,...
Hunting for the Market Economy: Using Historiographical Debates to Critique the Evolution of the Market Economy and Capitalism
"Capitalism ... ROCKS!" was the first thing I saw written on my chalkboard as I came into class. My eleventh grade United States History classes were beginning a unit titled "Nationalism, Expansion, and the Market Economy, 1815-1845" and I had written...
Putting the Movement Back into Civil Rights Teaching
PUTTING THE MOVEMENT BACK INTO CIVIL RIGHTS TEACHING Edited by Deborah Menkart, Alana Murray, and Jenice View. (Teaching for Change, 2004). Amid a conservative backlash that has taken hold of a number of institutionalized spaces, transformative...
Queering Public School Pedagogy as a First-Year Teacher
Until my graduation from Yale this past May, I devoted most of my energy to shaking up the oppressively moderate, "capital L" Liberal campus climate with a version of radical feminist and queer activism. I spent most of my time engaging in fierce battles...
Raising Awareness of Social Justice and War through Film and Poetry
The Voices in Wartime Education project is a non-profit organization dedicated to exploring conflict through education and the arts. The 74-minute documentary Voices in Wartime juxtaposes images of war with the words of soldiers, poets, and others...
Student Activism
On Thursday, March 15, 2007, Boston College students and faculty performed nonviolent street theater in front of the New England Israeli Consulate to commemorate the fourth anniversary of the death of peace activist Rachel Corrie and to draw attention...
Take Back Higher Education: Race, Youth, and the Crisis of Democracy in the Post-Civil Rights Era
TAKE BACK HIGHER EDUCATION: RACE, YOUTH, AND THE CRISIS OF DEMOCRACY IN THE POST-CIVIL RIGHTS ERA By Henry A. Giroux and Susan Searls-Giroux (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004) "When a society wishes to commit suicide, consumerism works quite well." This...
Teaching Protest Literature
I was recently asked to review an article on protest literature for an online survey and review journal. In many ways it's a good piece of work. The author focuses on eleven instances in American cultural history in which the element of social protest...
Teaching Radicalism from the University Archives
We write this essay to address what we find to be a distressing lack of political involvement by students on our campuses. While we do take it as a given that there has been a very real erosion of political activity on the university commons and while...
Teaching the Experimental Arts of American Protest
While there is no inopportune time to teach protest art, the present moment, marked by a perpetual "war on terror" and the contraction of civil liberties, dramatic and growing economic inequality, and a remarkably narrow mainstream political spectrum,...
The Personification Is Political: Activists in the Classroom
Responding to my introduction on a class blog, one student wrote: "Please don't take this offensively [sic] because I don't mean to be, but my goodness, you have the opposite viewpoints of most people I have ever grown up listening to." My goodness,...