Rethinking Globalization: Teaching for Justice in an Unjust World. (Book Reviews)

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Edited by Bill Bigelow and Bob Peterson

Finding resources to help students and teachers go beyond simplistic, pro-corporate analyses of globalization is becoming increasingly difficult. The Milwaukee-based activist-educators at Rethinking Schools have created many resources that should be in every school library and classroom. Their latest effort is no exception.

This book is the culmination of a decade of distilling complicated issues into short essays, lesson plans, role plays, hands-on teaching tools, cartoons, poems, and factual summaries. It weaves together so many facts and trends that the evening news will never be the same once you have read it.

If you were ever unsure of how sweatshops in this country relate to the exploitation of child labor in Mexico or Thailand, look no further. The growth of biotech crops, increased American military interventions overseas, and the rise of multilateral trade agreements are presented in formats that encourage school-age readers to ask questions, do their own research, and get involved in activities to address injustices. The Rethinking Globalization website (www.rethinkingschools.org/rg/) has a list of updated resource links, exercises for teachers and students to try in class. …