News for educational workers.

Author:Vogt, Leonard
Position:Books, films, journals, resources - Column

News for Educational Workers has been a featured column of Radical Teacher almost since the journal's conception. With this and the previous issue of the journal, however, news items of interest to progressive and radical educators will be posted on the new Radical Teacher blog at

Other less timely resources, such as books, films, journals, articles, and resources will continue to be featured in this newer, abbreviated News for Educational Workers column which will continue to be published with each of our forthcoming online issues.


A History of American Working-Class Literature edited by Nicholas Coles and Paul Lauter

A History of American Working-Class Literature sheds light not only on the lived experience of class but the enormously varied creativity of working-class people throughout the history of what is now the United States. By charting a chronology of working-class experience, as the conditions of work have changed over time, this volume shows how the practice of organizing, economic competition, place, and time shape opportunity and desire. The subjects range from transportation narratives and slave songs to the literature of deindustrialization and globalization. Among the literary forms discussed are memoir, journalism, film, drama, poetry, speeches, fiction, and song. Essays focus on plantation, prison, factory, and farm, as well as on labor unions, workers' theaters, and innovative publishing ventures. Chapters spotlight the intersections of class with race, gender, and place. The variety, depth, and many provocations of this History are certain to enrich the study and teaching of American literature.

Schooltalk: Rethinking What We Say About--and To--Students Every Day by Mica Pollock

Mica Pollock, editor of Everyday Antiracism--the progressive teacher's must-have resource--now turns to what it takes for those working in schools to match their speech to their values, giving all students an equal opportunity to thrive. By juxtaposing common scenarios with useful exercises, concrete actions, and resources,

Schooltalk describes how the devil is in the oft-dismissed details: the tossed-off remark to a student or parent about the community in which she lives; the way groups--based on race, ability, and income--are discussed in faculty meetings about test scores and data; the assumptions and communication breakdowns between counselors, teachers, and other staff that cause kids to fall...

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