Schools

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A is for Anachronism
Lester, Maria
Article
1972
Experiences of a teacher.
Abolish High School: Easy Chair
Solnit, Rebecca
Article
2015
Solnit says that we need to recognize that high school doesn't work for most young people, and suggests abolishing it.
Against School: How public education cripples our kids, and why
Gatto, John Taylor
Article
2003
An essay by a retired teacher on the infantilization of children by the public school system. This intellectual history of US public school curiculum reveals that it was conceived as a democratic mea...
American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America
Hedges, Chris
Book
2006
Hedges examines the Christian Right's origins, its driving motivation and its dark ideological underpinnings, with interviews and coverage of events such as pro-life rallies and weeklong classes on co...
Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community
Putnam, Robert D.
Book
2000
Bowling Alone documents the rise and fall of community activity in the twentieth century in the United States and the social changes this reflects. It offers all the evidence, the confirmatory and the...
Can Free Schools Work?
Moffatt, Gary
Article
1985
Before starting on another round of alternative education projects, it might be helpful to try to understand why few of the last round's projects achieved long term success.
Censorship Goes To School
Booth, David
Book
1998
Challenged Books List
Article
2004
A partial list of books subjected to censorship attempts in Canada from the early 1980s to 2003.
Challenging McWorld
Clarke, Tony; Dopp, Sarah
Book
2001
Charter Schools Increase Fraud, Corruption, Chaos, and Anarchy
Tell , Shawgi
Article
2016
Charter schools, which barely make up seven percent of U.S. schools, are often accused of taking all the antisocial, antipublic, and antipeople practices of medieval autocrats and opportunuties to new...
Children of the Broken Treaty: Canada's Lost Promise and One Girls's Dream
Angus, Charlie
Book
2015
Angus provides chilling insight into how Canada denies First Nations children their basic human rights.
Choices: A Family Global Action Handbook
McConkey, David
Book
1987
Choices is aimed particularly at parents who want to instil social awareness in their children, and who are looking for ideas, activities, and ways of initiating discussion.
Class Warfare: The Assault on Canada's School
Barlow, Maude; Robertson, Heather-Jane
Book
1994
The authors show that the attack on schools has been mounted by representatives of big business who stand to make a fortune by privatizing education, aided by the religious right, who want to control ...
Compulsory Mis-education and The Community of Scholars
Goodman, Paul
Book
A far-ranging critique of the state of American eduation.
Corporations Meet Resistance Inside Boston's Schools
Spritzler, John
Article
1998
The corporate elite are a small minority and their values are the opposite of most peoples' values. Things that most people consider immoral, like deliberately increasing the number of students who fa...
Criminalizing First-Graders: Arrested and Handcuffed for Tantrums
Brauchli, Christopher
Article
2010
All across the nation, schools have adopted draconian zero-tolerance policies that treat children like criminals and turn schools into prison-like environments.
Criminalizing Truancy: Should Kids be Jailed for Skipping School?
Fuentes, Annette
Article
2012
American jurisdictions are increasingly turning to the criminal justice system to deal with truancy. Students and parents are being fined, and in some cases jailed, for missing school.
Death at an Early Age
Kozol, Jonathan
Book
...
Deschooling Our Lives
Hern, Matt (ed.)
Book
1996
Deschooling Our Lives would be of interest to people wishing to learn about alternative methods of education beyond the confines of the conventional school system. The book is a collection of short p...
Deschooling Society
Illich, Ivan
Book
1970
...
Escape from Childhood: The Needs and Rights of Children
Holt, John
Book
1974
A book about young people and their place, or lack of place in society today. It is about the institution of modern childhood, the attitudes, customs and laws that define children and locate children ...
Exploring Alternatives: Free Schools
Moffatt, Gary; Westley, Dennis
Article
1969
Since our schools and universities are unwilling to adopt basic, or even moderate, reform, the only way to achieve a worthwhile education is through free schools.
Freedom and Beyond
Holt, John
Book
...
Freedom - Not License!
Neill, A.S.
Book
1966
A.S. Neill, the founder of Summerhill School, responds to questions about cdhild rearing.
The Hidden Injuries of Class
Sennett, Richard; Cobb, Jonathon
Book
1966
Sennett and Cobb look at human relations between people of different classes and analyze everyday life and ordinary situations to identify class signals that make people feel inadequate.
High Stakes Testing: Why Are They Doing This To Our Kids?
Stratman, Dave
Article
2000
The tests are very destructive educationally. They test students on such a broad range of materials that teachers have to rush through the curriculum; they cannot allow real discussion or in-depth stu...
The History of Costa Rica
Molina, Ivan; Palmer, Steven
Book
1998
An overview of Costa Rican history with an emphasis on how Costa Ricans have been able to make their own history, "though they do not make it just as they choose."
How Children Fail
Holt, John
Book
1964
The classroom should be a place of learning. Instead it is the scene of a continual battle in which teacher and child struggle to gain the advantage. The casualties are heavy. Some children fail outri...
I Won't Learn from You: And Other Inquiries Into the Control and Liberation of Learning
Kohl, Herbert
Book
1994
This collection of essays discusses what takes place when a student's intelligence, dignity, or integrity is compromised.
Illich, Ivan: Connexipedia Article
Article
Austrian philosopher, Roman Catholic priest and critic of the institutions of contemporary western culture. (1926-2002).
Instead of Education: Ways to Help People Do Things Better
Holt, John
Book
1976
Holt returns to the old truth that we learn things by doing them. He says this has been forgotten by today's educators, who believe we shouldn't start to do things until after they have been "learned....
Israel's School Apartheid Highlighted By Court Case
Cook, Jonathan
Article
2009
Instances of Arab children being denied places at kindergartens and junior schools have become more common in recent years. Now, an Arab couple whose daughter was expelled from an Israeli daycare cent...
John Holt: Homeschooling Pioneer and Visionary Progressive
Nall, Jeffrey
Article
2014
The stereotype of homeschooling as the haven for conservative, religious ideologues overshadows the movement's radically progressive roots. One of the movement's foremost pioneers, John Holt, was an e...
Lockdown High: When the Schoolhouse Becomes a Jailhouse
Fuentes, Annette
Book
2011
Schools in the U.S. are increasingly imposed unprecedented restrictions on students' rights, dignity, and educational freedom. In what is being called the school-to-prison pipleline, the police and pr...
MCAS: Why Is This Being Done to Our Kids?
Article
High stakes tests are meant to legitimize the growing inequality of society. They are designed to drive millions of students out of school so that, if they end up with a low-paying job or no job at al...
Milwaukee League Comes to the Defense of Public Schools: Milwaukeeans vs. the Privatization Pandemic
Price, Todd Alan
Article
2009
The battle to keep the public in control of the public schools.
Mobile Schools Help Nomadic Somalis Fight Drought
Article
2009
Mobile schools - secular pre-schools which follow these groups as they move to find pasture and water for livestock - are an attempt to help nomadic communities develop more options as the climate bec...
Monographs on the Portuguese
Article
1975
A collection of analytical essays on the Portugese immigrant community in Toronto.
Monopoly Capital: An essay on American economic and social order
Baran, Paul A.; Sweezy, Paul M.
Book
1966
An analysis of American capitalism.
A National Crime: The Canadian Government and the Residential School System, 1879-1986
Milloy, John
Book
1999
Milloy chronicles the heart-breaking realities of the Residential School. This institiution separated thousands of Native children from their families in the Canadian Government's pursuit of "aggressi...
New Options for America
Satin, Mark
Book
1991
...
The Newsletter #3
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1973
On Handcuffed and Felonious Children
McElroy, Wendy
Article
2005
Arresting young children for a crayon drawing, not unlike the games of hangman we once all played, is the ultimate meaning and logic of Zero Tolerance. Zero tolerance involves the application of law i...
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - September 10, 2016: Back to School
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Article
2016
Education – about the world, and about social change in particular – is a key element in the work that Connexions does. In this issue of Other Voices, we explore a few aspects of the ways in which edu...
People or Personnel and Like a Conquered Province
Goodman, Paul
Book
1968
Goodman offers his analysis of what is wrong with American society, and what could be done about it.
P.I.S.E.M. Materials: Questions Immigrants Raise; Immigrant Life in Toronto; Themes for English language training of Portuguese
Slide Show
1977
Audio-visual materials designed for use in small groups with immigrants to give them information about dealing with alienating elements in their environment.
The Realities of Chicago School Reform: Against The Current vol. 82
Organizer, Edith
Article
1999
In Chicago, the current round of school reform efforts began in the late 1980s. They were ostensibly sparked by the November 1987 public pronouncement of William Bennett, then-Secretary of Education ...
Respect Bathurst
Article
2001
A protest against inviting a Harris Tory to speak at the closing of Bathurst Heights Secondary School.
Rituals Of Failure: What Schools Really Teach
Contenta, Sandro
Book
1993
Contenta writes that there is a hidden curriculum of passiveness in today's schools in Canada; instead of making students critical thinkers, the not-so smart students are made to feel they are just be...
School Reform and the Attack on Public Education
Stratman, Dave
Article
1997
The education reform movement is part of a wider corporate and government plan to undermine democracy and strengthen corporate domination of our society.
Schools Against Children
Rubinstein, Annette T.
Book
...
Seven News
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1970
Seven News (7 News) was a community newspaper published in the area of Toronto east of downtown which at the time was known as Ward 7. Seven News was published from 1970 to 1985. Seven News is no long...
Skills Mania: Snake Oil in Our Schools?
Davis, Bob
Book
2000
Davis argues that the purpose of education should not be primarily that of teaching skills useful in the job market.
SNCC: The New Abolitionists
Zinn, Howard
Book
1964
An account of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).
The Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream
Duany, Andres; Plater-Zyberk; Elizabeth, Speck, Jeff
Book
2000
The choice is ours: either a society of homogeneous pieces, isolated from one another in often fortified enclaves, or a society of diverse and memorable neighbourhoods, organized into mutually support...
The Survival of Education: Against The Current vol. 134
Olson, Peter
Article
2008
I remember reading Jonathan Kozol’s Savage Inequalities as a student activist, when becoming a teacher was an abstract and somewhat romanticized idea floating around my head. I was moved by the politi...
"Take This Test and Shove It!"
Spritzler, John
Article
1999
Open resistance to high stakes tests is an important development: it can be the first step in a movement uniting students, teachers, parents, and others against the corporate assault on public educati...
They're Going to be Stuffing Our Kids
Kuehn, Larry
Article
1991
Will technology in the classroom be a boon to educators in the future, or a disaster waiting to happen?
36 Children
Kohl, Herbert
Book
...
This Book Is About Schools
Repo, Satu (ed.)
Book
1970
A collection of articles from This Magazine is About School containing many first person narratives that argue that the current school system is rife with inequality and repression. Repo points out th...
This Magazine is about Schools
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1966
A Canadian magazine about schools and education founded in 1966.
When Hate Groups Come to Town: A Handbook of Model Community Responses
Williams, Randall; Wells, Lyn (eds.)
Article
1986
A handbook for dealing with hate groups in communities across North America, dealing with the nature of such groups and how they work and how communities can band together to combat them.
You'll Never Be Good Enough: Schooling and Social Control
Stratman, Dave
Article
1998
The remarkable thing about the public schools isn't that some teachers become demoralized and "burned out," or that some students drop out or do poorly, but that so many teachers and students achieve ...

Connexions Directory of Groups & Websites

Education Equality in Ontario
Education Equality in Ontario is a non-governmental human rights organization and education advocacy group. We seek the elimination of religious discrimination and duplication in the Ontario school s...
One School System Network
The organizations represented by the One School System Network [OSSN] are united in the conviction that: Ontario's publicly funded school system bring students of all backgrounds together in an env...
People for Education
Working together to defend fully publicly-funded education in Ontario.
Winchevsky Centre (Morris Winchevsky School)
The Winchevsky Centre is a progressive secular Jewish community centre offering intergenerational cultural and educational opportunities emphasizing Jewish history and traditions. Programs reflect a s...

Sources Library

Schools & Schooling Topic Index in Sources Directory of Experts
Spokespersons, Experts, and Resources
A subject guide to experts and spokespersons on topics related to schooling in the Sources directory for the media.

From the Connexions Archives

Class Bias in Toronto Schools
Downtown Kids Aren't Dumb: They Need A Better Program
Buttrick, Ann
Article
1971
A brief by the Park School community council addressing the streaming of poor and working class children into the bottom levels of the school system. These children, the brief says, have badly develop...