Radical Teacher has decided to become an "open access" on-line magazine by 2015. By "open access" we mean that we will not require people to pay a subscription fee. In our new on-line incarnation, we will continue to be a journal that is peer-reviewed, literate, and focused on the politics, practices, and aspirations of education at every level. We believe that in this way we can better fulfill our role in the movement for equal access to a democratic education. We hope that our readers will also see this decision as an important step toward realizing Radical Teacher's goal, as enunciated on our masthead, of being a socialist, feminist, anti-racist journal on the theory and practice of teaching.
--The Radical Teacher Collective
Like many periodicals--academic, political, commercial--Radical Teacher has been squeezed by the forces bearing in on print publication. Subscription income is down, costs are up. But it is not quite as simple as that. When we began, in 1975, we were part of a broad movement that included civil rights and antiwar activists, new wave feminists, the incipient gay and lesbian uprising, and so on. These political groups all had academic presences by 1975, and a magazine that offered a forum for talk about democratic pedagogies, texts by forgotten or marginalized peoples, and struggles over curriculum and work conditions could bring together a readership with a strong sense of the liberatory commitments that held it together. We gathered a group of energetic authors, subscribers, and editors. We put out RT on the cheap, with our own unpaid labor except for the printing itself.
Those conditions are gone...