Special Issue of The Educational Forum

I am pleased to announce a special issue of The Educational Forum, which I guest edited. Several years ago, I was at a conference attended by teacher educators and several teacher candidates. Toward the end of a session focused on student-centered teaching, a teacher candidate, looking clearly flustered, spoke. She pointed out that the older teacher […]

Impact of Ethnic Studies on Attitudes

The Arizona state legislature is at it again, now considering legislation to ban specific ethnic studies teaching practices (such as the privilege walk) at the university as well as K-12 levels. This proposed legislation is based on the belief that such courses and activities promote resentment based on race, gender, religious affiliation, social class, and/or political affiliation. […]

White people in Ethnic Studies

Ethnic Studies is experiencing a vibrant growth at the K-12 level. I am sometimes asked what place there should be, if any, for white people in Ethnic Studies. This is an important question. Simply leaving white people out of Ethnic studies will alienate them. In addition, Ethnic Studies is invaluable for helping white people see […]

Multicultural or Ethnic Studies?

Because of my work in both multicultural education and ethnic studies, I am sometimes asked whether I think it is better to infuse diverse groups throughout the curriculum, or to organize the curriculum around the study of one specific group. In other words, should we do multicultural or ethnic studies? My response is “both.” But […]

Educational Life History and Teaching Metaphors

What do life history and metaphor have to do with each other? Years ago, I shifted my orientation to teacher education to emphasize the significance of personal, educational-life history and self-development in becoming a teacher. Although many factors nudged me in this direction, my growing dissatisfaction with the limited impact of my own teaching on […]

Family History in the Elementary Classroom

Teachers sometimes ask what advice I would give for family history projects with students. Since I was asked this question most recently by an elementary classroom teacher, and since developmental age of children does matter when deciding what is appropriate, I decided to devote this blog to teaching critical family history in the elementary classroom. For […]

Standards and Multicultural Education

Can teachers work with standards and multicultural education at the same time? Can multicultural education make standards-based teaching better for students? In many, many schools and school districts, the huge amount of attention being given to Common Core Standards and tests (PARCC or Smarter Balanced) has eclipsed attention to teaching culturally and linguistically diverse kids, […]

Ethnic Studies and Critical Family History

How do Ethnic Studies and Critical Family History connect? Does Critical Family History have something to offer to the teaching of Ethnic Studies? I began pondering this question about fifteen years ago while teaching an undergraduate course entitled “Culture and Cultural Diversity.” My students were very ethnically and racially diverse; typically, there was no ethnic majority group […]

Teaching Critical Family History

I began developing the concept of critical family history after I had retired from the university and had time to “play” with questions about my own family history. Aside from publishing a couple of articles and giving several conference presentations about the concept, until recently I had not had an opportunity to teach critical family history. […]