Radical Teacher

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

Articles from No. 88, Summer

A Student Roundtable on Prison Abolition and Imprisonment Writing
PAUL LAI: In spring 2009, I offered a junior-level English seminar on Literatures of American Imprisonment, a course that surveyed writing that emerges from or reflects on various historical moments and forms of captivity. Rather than considering such...
Feeling like a Failure: Teaching/learning Abolition through the Good the Bad and the Innocent
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Example # 1, from Jessi: It is the 8th week of English class in our adult high school completion program, and we have just read a short excerpt from Angela Davis's Are Prisons Obsolete? As a class, we review vocabulary...
Introduction: Teaching against the Prison Industrial Complex
Angela Davis begins her influential book Are Prisons Obsolete? by pointing out how naturalized the system of mass incarceration has become in the United States. She observes that "the prison is considered an inevitable and permanent feature of our...
Lasting Lessons from Oaxaca: Teachers as Luchadores Sociales: An Inside Account of the Historic 2006 Oaxacan Teachers' Movement and Why It Is Still Relevant Today
Introduction On June 14, 2009, thousands of people marched through the streets of Oaxaca to commemorate the third anniversary of the violent repression of the teachers' movement of 2006. Federal police troops once again stormed the teachers' encampment,...
Problematizing Sex/gender with Transgender Marriage Law
Legally, can one be both a man and a woman? Legally, can one have no "opposite sex"? Are the definitions of gender, sex, and marriage confusing in the United States? The answer to all is a resounding "Yes." While undoubtedly the recent debates and...
Reflections on Teaching Prison Abolition
I teach a course tiffed Prisons and Public Policy in the Anthropology-Sociology Department at Kalamazoo College, a small liberal arts college in southwest Michigan. The college is known for its "K-Plan," which integrates interdisciplinary liberal arts...
Resources
Narrated by Martin Sheen, The End of Poverty? is a documentary by award-winning filmmaker, Philippe Diaz, showing that poverty, rather than an accident, began with military conquest, slavery, and colonization resulting in forced labor and the seizure...
Schools before Jail
"Schools Before Jail" is a mural that youth painted in a Summer Mural Project in Austin TX in the mid 19908. We created shadow murals through a process I learned from Mark Rogovin and Barbara Brown while interning at the Public Art Workshop in Chicago....
Tackling the PIC: Successes and Challenges in Teaching the Prison-Industrial Complex
"But they're criminals. We should lock them up and throw away the key!" my student, using a tired refrain, declared. She soon had a classroom of her peers--thoughtful, engaged students who often enjoyed analyzing complicated and difficult social issues--nodding...
The Disorientation of the Teaching Act: Abolition as Pedagogical Position
Prison Regime/the Disorientation of the Teaching Act The global U.S. prison regime has no precedent or peer and has become a primary condition of schooling, education, and pedagogy in every possible site. Aside from its sheer accumulation of captive...
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