Radical Teacher

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

Articles from No. 101, Winter

Cape Town, South Africa, 2003
When Norman Levy returned to South Africa in 1990, after 25 years of exile in London, Nelson Mandela had just been released from prison. Norman couldn't wait to get home, even though the position of the African National Congress (ANC), and his own...
Critical Thinking for the Modern Muslim Woman Psychology Student: A Summer in Islamabad
A teacher's Point of View "Sir, should we apply critical thinking to all areas of our lives, including our faith?" The young woman in full niqab asks me this question as we sit around a small table: a couple of professors from the women's campus...
Different from Us: Teaching about the Rich after Occupy and the Great Recession
In a famous imaginary exchange, F. Scott Fitzgerald said, "The rich are different from us." Ernest Hemingway replied, "Yes, they have more money." Most critics have thought the epigram attributed to Fitzgerald more perceptive about class in the United...
Introduction: Teaching across Borders
Most of what we publish in Radical Teacher concerns teaching in the United States and speaks to the working lives of most of our readers and their students. However, articles about teaching in other countries have also occasionally appeared in our...
"It's Not Personal, It's Business: Or Teaching Structural Explanation" (at an HBCU)
Needless to say, the dominant explanatory framework among our students generally is still individualism, and when it comes to their career trajectories, American dreams and equal opportunities predominate. Where I currently teach, the Historically...
News for Educational Workers
Student Protest Students joined teachers, parents, and workers on December 2, 2014 in a nationwide walkout honoring Michael Brown, shot down by officer Darren Wilson on August 9 in Ferguson, Missouri. The walkout occurred in over 80 cities, in 30...
Postcolonial Feminisms and Introducing Sociology in the Imperium
The first week of classes usually surfaces the problem of introductions--how to present myself to students and sociology to neophytes. (1) I have been teaching at a liberal arts and professional studies institution in northeastern United States for...
Review: Both Sides of the Table: Autoethnographies of Educators Learning and Teaching With/In [Dis]ability by Phil Smith
Both Sides of the Table: Autoethnographies of Educators Learning and Teaching With/In [Dis]ability by Phil Smith (Peter Lang Publishing, Inc., 2014) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In Phil Smith's anthology Both Sides of the Table: Autoethnographies of...
Review: High Schools, Race, and America's Future: What Students Can Teach Us about Morality, Diversity, and Community by Lawrence Blum
High Schools, Race, and America's Future: What Students Can Teach Us About Morality, Diversity, and Community by Lawrence Blum (Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press, 2012) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Lawrence Blum, a UMass Boston professor and the...
Seeing and Hearing the Other: A Jewish Israeli Teacher Grapples with Arab Students' Underachievement and the Exclusion of Their Voices
Introduction This paper begins with feelings of frustration and anger. It has grown out of my distressing continuous encounter--as a feminist Jewish teacher in a college in northern Israel--with the glaring examples of inequality and structural...
Speaking of Freedom: U.S. Multicultural Literature and Human Rights Talk in an Emerging Democracy
It's 100 degrees Fahrenheit in Yangon (also known as Rangoon), and I am trying to explain to a student that when she analyzes irony in Hamlet for her MA thesis, she may want to consider politics and the ways in which Shakespeare commented both on Elizabethan...
Teaching Cisneros in India: Post(?)colonial Parables
Setting: As Fulbright grants put it, I was a "cultural ambassador" to India twice, 1994-95 and 2009-10, but what exactly does being a "cultural ambassador" mean? Scene I: 1994 The air is crisp as I walk to the English Department at the Central...
Teaching Note: Mad at History
I was unsure what to expect from Lehman College's Freshman Year Initiative (FYI) Program. FYI was designed to bridge the transition from high school to college by providing reinforced academic support, mentorship opportunities, and integrated courses....
Teaching Note: Reflections of a Transgender Medievalist
No new Teaching Notes have come in over the transom in the last few months, so I decided to re-publish two oldies. --Bob Rosen, Teaching Notes editor I am a gender-bending lesbian who teaches Beowulf at a business university. In this piece, I...
Where Do Social Inequalities Come From?: Class Divides in Chicana/o-Latina/o Literature
There's no denying that the Occupy movement, aside from everything else it has accomplished since 2011, created ample opportunities in college classrooms for teaching about the super wealthy, or the 1%, and their role in reproducing social and economic...
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