Radical Teacher

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

Articles from No. 92, Winter

Erasing the Marker
Success in education is impossible without confidence. But how does one define confidence? Where and to what lengths must a person go to find it? My definition of confidence is deeply rooted in gender, or rather, being able to live as the gender I...
Homophobia in the Classroom: One Teacher's Response
"If one of my kids turned out to be gay, I would kill him," said one of my adult ESOL students. "But you might not want to kill him," replied another, "because that would be murder, and they could put you in jail for that." There was nodding...
Identity Matters: Teaching Transgender in the Women's Studies Classroom
Teaching transgender studies is often assumed to fall under the purview of gender and women's studies programs and the GLBT studies programs often nested there where claims have been made on the territories of gender and sexuality. The questions that...
Introduction: Beyond the Special Guest-Teaching "Trans" Now
The theme of this issue of Radical Teacher, "Beyond the Special Guest: Teaching 'Trans' Now," originated in a conversation between Erica and Toby Beauchamp in a hotel lounge during the 2009 American Studies Association annual conference. As our conversation...
K-12
Governor Jerry Brown of California signed the FAIR Education Act which mandates inclusion of the achievements of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in social science courses, making California the first state to adopt such a measure (Democracy...
Not Another Special Guest: Transgender Inclusivity in a Human Sexuality Course
It is the first day of class in my undergraduate course on Human Sexuality at the University of Missouri. The course is listed in the Human Development and Family Studies department, a discipline that attracts students interested in careers in early...
Radical Teacher Is Going Online
Radical Teacher has decided to become an "open access" on-line magazine by 2015. By "open access" we mean that we will not require people to pay a subscription fee. In our new on-line incarnation, we will continue to be a journal that is peer-reviewed,...
Resources
Rethinking Schools (Summer 2011) offers cover stories on Teaching for Hope and Activism: the Wisconsin Uprising; teaching budget cuts to third graders; and a student-created play about New York City school closures--when the administration tried to...
Some Very Basic Tips for Making Higher Education More Accessible to Trans Students and Rethinking How We Talk about Gendered Bodies
In recent years, resistance to the cultural, political, and legal barriers facing trans people has gained greater attention. As trans resistance grows, we will increasingly see trans people making demands for access to education. In this two-part...
So Unbelievably Real: Stone Butch Blues and the Fictional Special Guest
In fall 2009, I taught Stone Butch Blues (1) twice: as a guest at University of Southern Maine (USM) in Portland in Wendy Chapkis's upper-level undergraduate seminar The Politics of Difference which was cross-listed in Sociology and in Women and Gender...
"Strip!"
A post World War II history of U.S. education would find one of the most important and un-ignorable themes to be the slow and fitful, but progressive, movement of marginalized people and their experiences into the mainstream of our classrooms. While...
Student Protest
Blaring out from sound systems at almost every major protest in April and May 2011 against the government's plans to raise tuition fees, Conscious Hip-Hop has become the soundtrack to student protest in the United Kingdom (The Guardian, April 30, 2011)....
Taking Our Bodies Back: Empowering Students to Take the Classroom Back
A colleague recently commented that the few of us remaining in now-privileged tenured positions tend not to use their tenure. They do not step up to the responsibility of academic freedom. "Exactly," I thought. And then I rethought. "Do I?" I teach...
Using Mathematics to Attain Critical Consciousness. (Teaching Notes)
For a student teacher, walking into the classroom--stepping onto someone else's turf--can be intimidating. For a student teacher who is teaching for social justice, walking into that same classroom can be terrifying. Teaching for social justice is...
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