Radical Teacher

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

Articles from No. 106, Fall

#BlackLivesMatter and Feminist Pedagogy: Teaching a Movement Unfolding
The classroom remains the most radical space of possibility in the academy. (bell hooks, Teaching to Transgress) In November 2015, student activists at Dartmouth College garnered national media attention following a Black Lives Matter demonstration...
Charter Schools, Race, and Urban Space: Where the Market Meets Grassroots Resistance by Kristen Buras
Charter Schools, Race, and Urban Space: Where the Market Meets Grassroots Resistance (Routledge, 2015) by Kristen Buras If you believe Governor Chris Christie, New Jersey public schools are "broken and failing," and charters are "salvation for families,...
Contributors' Notes
Dorcas Adedoja proudly hails from Philadelphia, PA and uses pronouns they/them/theirs or she/her/hers. They are a 2014 Gates Millennium Scholar and junior at Emory University who intends to double major in Biology and Interdisciplinary Studies with...
Examining Race & Racism in the University: A Class Project
By the end of 2014, most Americans were familiar with the Ferguson, Missouri shooting of unarmed black teen, Michael Brown, and the Grand Jury acquittal of police officer, Darren Wilson. The shooting and subsequent deaths (Eric Garner, Walter Scott,...
Hashtag Activism and Why #BlackLivesMatter in (and to) the Classroom
In the wake of the murder of Trayvon Martin and the acquittal of George Zimmerman, the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter was started by Alicia Garza, PatrisseCullors and Opal Tometi. (1) The case led to multiracial protests across the country and Twitter became...
#IfIDieInPoliceCustody
If I die in police custody ... do not let them say it was a suicide. Do not let them choke the air out of my throat, tase the life out of my body, beat my bones to shattered glass, put bullet holes in my being, and then have the nerve to say I took...
In Memoriam: Jim Miller
It is with great sorrow that we note the death of James A. Miller, Radical Teacher board member in the early 1990s (during his tenure as a beloved member of Trinity College's faculty) and then as a comrade-at-a -distance when he moved to University...
Interview on the #CharlestonsyNabus
Introduction On June 17, 2015, a white supremacist entered Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, and sat with some of its parishioners during a Wednesday night Bible study session. An hour later, he began expressing his hatred for African...
Introduction: Teaching Black Lives Matter
While civil rights warriors from decades ago believed that showing America its darkest and most unequal underbelly would challenge apathy and produce policy, activists today take a different view of the role of education. Since its beginnings in the...
Liberation through Education: Teaching #BlackLivesMatter in Africana Studies
The campus was uncommonly quiet on November 25, 2014. The night before, the St. Louis County Prosecutor announced that a grand jury had chosen not to indict Darren Wilson, the police officer who had, three months prior, shot and killed Michael Brown....
Making It Matter: Reframing the U.S. Survey
Black Lives Matter changed the way I teach American history. BLM has raised pivotal questions that conventional histories of African Americans simply cannot answer with nuance and complexity. It has made us painfully aware of the wide gulf between...
News for Educational Workers
Lockout at Long Island University/Brooklyn For the first time in U. S. history, a university locked out its faculty. On the first day of the Fall semester 2016, the Long Island University (LIU) Brooklyn campus locked out all 400 members of the faculty...
Refusing to Be Complicit in Our Prison Nation: Teachers Rethinking Mandated Reporting
Picture this: It is February, snowy outside, and a chilly 25 degrees Fahrenheit. Ariel shows up to her 2nd grade class dressed in a T-shirt, a thin jacket, a skirt, no socks, and some wildly colored rain boots. Context #1: This is a tuition-based...
#SayHerName Loudly: How Black Girls Are Leading #BlackLivesMatter
In the early winter of 2014, students at Elisabeth Irwin High School, the same school from which Angela Davis was graduated in 1961, walked out of the building holding #BlackLivesMatter signs. They chanted in unison. They marched from Charlton Street...
Teaching Celia in the Age of Black Lives Matter
Introduction The response of black activists to the acquittal of George Zimmerman on charges of second-degree murder in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin was swift. Three black women, Alicia Garza, Opal Tometi, and PatrisseCullors, wasted no...
Teaching in Grief: Critical Reflections, Redefining Justice, and a Reorientation to Teaching
After Malcolm: 51 Years Later With a 3/3 teaching load during the academic year, I typically use weekends to re-read course materials, construct rubrics, and prepare my weekly lesson plans. But on Sunday, February 21st, 2016, I received news that...
Teaching Note: Black Lives Matter in Information Literacy
For many academic librarians, teaching information literacy is a core component of librarianship. Depending on one's institutional context, this can happen in one-on-one interactions at a reference desk, in course-integrated instruction sessions (in...
Teaching Note: Race, Housing, and the Federal Government: Black Lives on the Margins of the American Dream
As a historian at Illinois State University, I teach an undergraduate class to predominantly white middle class students that uses the history of race and American culture to teach historical methods. Despite substantial coursework in U.S. history...
The Architecture of American Slavery: Teaching the Black Lives Matter Movement to Architects
When I signed on to teach a course entitled The Architecture of American Slavery at Roger Williams University in spring, 2016, I did not expect the Black Lives Matter movement to be relevant. I thought the course would be about the infrastructure surrounding...
The Challenges of Teaching about the Black Lives Matter Movement: A Dialogue
Racism is a visceral experience, that is, it dislodges brains, blocks airways, rips muscle, extracts organs, cracks bones, breaks teeth. Ta-Nehisi Coates (1) So the project that we are building is a love note to our folks. It's also, hopefully,...
Vernacular Insurrections: Race, Black Protest, and the New Century in Composition-Literacies Studies by Carmen Kynard
Vernacular Insurrections: Race, Black Protest, and the New Century in Composition-Literacies Studies (State University of New York Press, 2013) by Carmen Kynard Vernacular Insurrections: Race, Black Protest, and the New Century in Composition-Literacies...
Will College Pay Off?: A Guide to the Most Important Financial Decision You'll Ever Make by Peter Cappelli
Will College Pay Off?: A Guide to the Most Important Financial Decision You'll Ever Make (PublicAffairs, 2015) by Peter Cappelli It seems almost un-American to question the value of a college degree. Liberals and conservatives alike tout postsecondary...
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