Magazine article Radical Teacher

High Schools and Social Justice

Magazine article Radical Teacher

High Schools and Social Justice

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A central Louisiana high school has banned T-shirts supporting the Jena 6, a group of six African American Jena, Louisiana students charged with the attempted murder of a white student. For more information on the Jena 6, and ways to support them, go to http://colorofchange.org/jena/rsvp/html.

An emerging generation of gay and lesbian athletes on high school campuses is coming out across the country, challenging the homophobic and often conformist tradition of sports. Some students come out only to peers, others to their entire schools; some are supported and some are ostracized (The Los Angeles Times, July 28, 2007).

The Presidential Scholars, a group of 141 outstanding high school graduates, were being honored at the White House. One of the Scholars presented President Bush with a statement signed by 50 of the Scholars protesting his torture policies (www.truthdig.com/report/item/20070710_)

The pilot schools in Boston, part of the public school system, are often demanding teacher recommendations, student transcripts, and applicant essays. …

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