Arkansas’ Howard Zinn Witch-hunt Fizzles

April 4, 2017 By Bill Bigelow Last week nearly 700 Arkansas teachers and school librarians received copies of books by Howard Zinn—thanks to a right wing state representative. Well, not exactly. But here’s the story. Recently, Republican Kim Hendren introduced legislation that would prohibit teachers in all public schools or state-supported charter schools from including […]

Fun and Learning at People’s History Trivia Night

On December 2, the Zinn Education Project hosted a packed house for our first-ever People’s History Trivia Night fundraiser. Everyone enjoyed themselves, while learning non-trivial people’s history. The event was co-sponsored by and held at Busboys and Poets (14&V) during the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) conference. Classroom teachers and other friends of the […]

People’s History Trivia Night

Are you a people’s history buff? Join us in D.C. for a fun night of questions and answers about the history often missing from textbooks–the role of women, people of color, labor, and other social movements. Friday, December 2 5:30-7:30 pm Busboys and Poets 14th & V U Street Metro (Green/Yellow Line) Win t-shirts, books, films, […]

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Nation’s Largest Teachers Union Endorses Teaching “Climate Justice”

By Bill Bigelow Posted on Huffington Post | July 16, 2016 In May, the Portland, Oregon school board passed the country’s first comprehensive “climate justice” resolution. The school board voted unanimously to “abandon the use of any adopted text material that is found to express doubt about the severity of the climate crisis or its […]

What Happened to the Civil Rights Movement After 1965? Don’t Ask Your Textbook

Here is the latest “If We Knew Our History” article from the Zinn Education Project, a project of Teaching for Change and Rethinking Schools. Please read and share. By Adam Sanchez Fifty years ago this week, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee chairperson Stokely Carmichael made the famous call for “Black Power.” Carmichael’s speech came in the […]

History Lesson Sheds Light on Racism Today

“The Color Line” lesson by Rethinking Schools editor Bill Bigelow is featured in an April 20, 2016 Washington Post article called “How American oligarchs created the concept of race to divide and conquer the poor” by Courtland Milloy Jr. The lesson is on colonial laws enacted to create division and inequality based on race. History teacher and […]

Climate Justice Teacher Workshop in D.C.

While the climate crisis threatens the lives of millions of people around the world, it gets scant mention in textbooks. Even less attention is given to movements fighting for survival and a sustainable future, such as La Via Campesina. More than 30 DC area elementary and high school teachers spent a day of their own […]

More Teachers Than Ever Teach People’s History

Here are 2015 highlights and plans for 2016 from our Zinn Education Project. Coordinated by Teaching for Change in collaboration with Rethinking Schools, the Zinn Education Project promotes and supports the teaching of people’s history in middle and high school classrooms across the country. The Zinn Education Project registered 11,000 new teachers in 2015. We now […]

Students Become Unsung Heroes

On a Sunday afternoon in early March, twenty students took on the roles of unsung heroes in a Zinn Education Project lesson, facilitated by Teaching for Change curriculum specialist Julian Hipkins III. The students are members of Operation Understanding DC (OUDC). OUDC’s mission is to “build a generation of African American and Jewish community leaders who promote respect, understanding and cooperation while working to eradicate racism, […]

Green Feather Movement

On November 13, 1953, during the height of the McCarthy era, Robin Hood and his band of “merry outlaws” made headlines. Mrs. White of the Indiana Textbook Commission called for a ban of Robin Hood in all school books for promoting communism because he stole from the rich to give to the poor. In response […]

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