Rethinking Schools is a nonprofit publisher and advocacy organization dedicated to sustaining and strengthening public education through social justice teaching and education activism. Our magazine, books, and other resources promote equity and racial justice in the classroom. We encourage grassroots efforts in our schools and communities to enhance the learning and well-being of our children, and to build broad democratic movements for social and environmental justice.
Rethinking Schools remains firmly committed to equity
and to the vision that public education is central to the creation of a
humane, caring, multiracial democracy. While writing for a broad
audience, Rethinking Schools emphasizes problems facing urban schools,
particularly issues of race.
Throughout its history, Rethinking
Schools has tried to balance classroom practice and educational theory.
It is an activist publication, with articles written by and for
teachers, parents, and students. Yet it also addresses key policy
issues, such as vouchers and marketplace-oriented reforms, funding
equity, and the school-to-prison pipeline.
Brazilian educator Paulo Freire
wrote that teachers should attempt to "live part of their dreams within
their educational space." Rethinking Schools believes that classrooms
can be places of hope, where students and teachers gain glimpses of the
kind of society we could live in and where students learn the academic
and critical skills needed to make that vision a reality.