Radical Teacher

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

Articles from No. 84, Spring

Academic Freedom
Much time is spent by both right and left academics discussing how much influence professors can or should have on the politics of their students. The right propose that the "tenured radicals" are taking over the universities; the left fear denial...
A Dream Deferred: Undocumented Students at CUNY
I first became aware of the difficulties for undocumented students at the City University of New York (CUNY) when I started teaching a course at Brooklyn College, a CUNY campus, on the sociology of immigration. On the first day of class, five students...
Education and Activism
On October 1, 2008, at a Chicago Cubs game in Chicago, a group of over 1,500 students, parents, teachers, and activists were protesting outside the stadium for state educational reforms. The rally was the latest in a six-year effort lead by State Senator...
Education and the Military
The U.S. military continues to solicit the help of psychiatrists and anthropologists in its ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. In May of 2006, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) made a position statement forbidding psychiatrists from having...
Ichiro Is a Punk, and Other Lessons from Teaching "The Immigrant Experience"
During the fourth week of the semester, one of my students in The Immigrant Experience in Fiction, Film, and Photography posed a confusing question to me in the hallway after class. "This is really interesting stuff about the 1920s," Shabana began,...
Immigration Filmography for Educators
A web search yields long lists of films about immigration--many more than can be included here. National and international, feature length and short, fiction and documentary, video and film, big budget and small, the lists go on even as new films enter...
Introduction: Teaching & Immigration
This issue of Radical Teacher features work that conveys the urgency of teaching about immigration and offers educators ways of meeting that challenge in its full complexity. In editing this cluster of essays, we have been motivated in part by the...
Raising Victor Vargas in an Urban High School Classroom
The criticisms that have been leveled at the 2002 film Raising Victor Vargas are mainly fair, that is to say logical, when they note that the subject matter of working-class Dominican families in New York City's Lower East Side is expertly manipulated...
Teaching the Body in Composition Class
In an effort to begin teaching my own interests in a recent freshman composition class at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, I decided to use issues of embodiment as a catalyst for exploring rhetoric and composition. Gregory T. Lyons's Body and Culture,...
Teaching the Immigration Debate in Freshman Composition
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] After the largest immigration raid in U.S. history to date, the New York Times ran an editorial entitled "The Great Immigration Panic" condemning the anti-immigrant hysteria sweeping our country. It suggests that a time will...
Teaching the Letters of Sacco and Vanzetti in and against the American Grain
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In his iconic In the American Grain William Carlos Williams distinguishes between the bodies of conquerors and the souls of the murdered and defeated: "History, history! We fools, what do we know or care? History begins for...
The Plantation Society, Circa 2008: Discussing Immigration through the Lens of Criminology
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The slave population, it could be and was assumed, offered itself up as surrogate selves for meditation on problems of human freedom, its lure and its elusiveness. --Toni Morrison (1) In this reflection on my teaching,...