Every teacher who uses a Zinn Education Project lesson has a story to tell. What led you to choose the lesson? How did your students react? What was your process?
Submit your classroom story about any of the lessons found at the Zinn Education Project and the New Press will send you a free copy of Teaching When the World Is on Fire. The book is edited by Lisa Delpit, with numerous pieces by Rethinking Schools authors.
Here is the publisher’s description: This honest and rich collection brings together essential observations on safety from Pedro Noguera and Carla Shalaby; incisive ideas on traversing politics from William Ayers and Mica Pollock; Christopher Emdin’s instructive views on respecting and connecting with Black and brown students; Hazel Edwards’s crucial insight about safe spaces for transgender and gender-nonconforming students; and James W. Loewen’s sage suggestions about exploring symbols of the South; as well as timely thoughts from Bill Bigelow on teaching the climate crisis — and on the students and teachers fighting for environmental justice.
The book includes multiple essays from Zinn Education Project co-coordinator Rethinking Schools, including by educators Wayne Au, Bill Bigelow, Camila Arze Torres Goitia, Jesse Hagopian, Stan Karp, and Natalie Labossiere. There is also an essay by Teaching for Change associate director Allyson Criner Brown.
Jessica Berg, a high school English teacher, reviewed the book for Ms. Magazine. She said it “illuminates the absolute absurdity of the world we are living and teaching in”:
How do you teach students about climate change when Donald Trump pulls America out of the landmark Paris climate accord and thinks you can just nuke hurricanes? How do you teach students to connect with the cultural diversity that makes up the fabric of American society when Donald Trump asserts that the Nazis and White Supremacists in Charlottesville are “very fine people?” How do you teach students about respect, consent, and bodily autonomy when Donald Trump asserts that because of his celebrity status he can “grab ’em by the pussy,” and “…do anything” to women?
How do you teach students math and science and English and history when the world is on fire? You start by reading this book.
Click the button below and tell your story to receive your free copy.