Radical Teacher

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

Articles from No. 91, Fall

Abolition from Within: Enabling the Citizen Convict
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Prison abolitionists such as Angela Y. Davis wisely focus upon changing public policy, legal practice, and police enforcement in ways that would choke off the Prison Industrial Complex (PIC) by denying it the largely poor,...
Academic Freedom
Richard Ohmann, Professor Emeritus of English at Wesleyan University and a founding father of Radical Teacher, writes in Inside Higher Ed (April 19, 2011) about "Academic Freedom's Best Days." He explains that academic freedom flourished in the late...
Creating a Space for Critical Talk, Writing, and Action in the Elementary Classroom
I am a White woman from a working class family who grew up on a chicken farm in North Georgia. Dorothy Allison (1988) described feeling that her life was deemed contemptible by others and, like her, I felt the same. I wanted to be somebody else when...
Creating Critical Activists Rather Than Robots of Hegemony: A Grade Six Social Justice Club
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Equality, agency, empowerment, democracy, and liberation are among the goals expressed by our education system. Closer examination reveals, though, that school culture and curricula often perpetuate the very injustices they...
Critical Gaming Pedagogy
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Introduction Meet Benjamin, ah aspiring Game Designer. If he works hard to accumulate the required skills in the game design industry, his career path will move steadily and predictably from Beta Tester to Hacker and finally...
Education and the Budget
Ronald Reagan's legacy of privatization and corporatization, along with his coining of "welfare queen" to describe the mythical inner-city person who squanders public funds for private purposes, is again alive and well. "Public Teachers: America's...
HONK! Pedagogy: A New Paradigm for Music Education?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The HONK! Festival of Activist Street Bands (honkfest.org) is an independent, grassroots, non-commercial weekend festival held each fall in Somerville, Massachusetts. From the nine hours of free performances on Saturday by...
Introduction
As many of our readers know, in most issues of Radical Teacher the articles represent different approaches to a common theme. Our most recent "clusters," as we call them, have been on the themes of Teaching Against the Prison Industrial Complex; Jamming...
K-12
Stacey Isaacson, a seventh-grade English and social studies teacher in a Manhattan middle school, was considered an exemplary teacher. Her principal gave her terrific reviews during her two and a half years at the school, her students excelled on the...
Resources
Clearwater Nation is a 26-minute documentary about Pete Seeger, legendary singer/songwriter who acts locally to clean up the Hudson River and thinks globally to clean up the world. Pamela Timmins, a New York filmmaker, portrays Seeger's successful...
Teaching Los Actos of Luis Valdez
In my community college English course, sub-titled Activism, Arts and Social Change, students explore techniques of social struggle through the arts. One potent example is Valdez's agitprop theater (collected in Luis Valdez--Early Works: Actos, Bernabe,...
The Culmore Bilingual ESL and Popular Education Project: Coming to Consciousness on Labor, Literacy, and Community
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In the summer of 2009, nine students majoring in Spanish at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, launched a social activist project in popular education and bilingual ESL in the local Latin American immigrant community...
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