Real Teaching in a Time of Fake News

This post is written by NCTE historian Jonna Perillo.  You may have noticed the attention that fake news is receiving in the English classroom. A 2016 Stanford study revealed that today’s K–12 students, while digitally literate in many senses, lack the ability to distinguish fake news from real, instead trusting whatever source confirms their existing … Continue reading Real Teaching in a Time of Fake News

Teaching Resistance in Unjust Times

This post is written by NCTE Historian Jonna Perillo.  Like many of you, I took pleasure in reading the many reports that George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984 had risen in sales by 10,000 percent in the weeks following the election. If there was any good news to be found, knowing that many more Americans were … Continue reading Teaching Resistance in Unjust Times

Teachers, Schools, and Civil Discourse

The following post is by NCTE member  Jonna Perrillo and originally ran in the El Paso Times. Like many American parents, I was grateful to send my children to school on November 9. They attend schools where they feel happy and at home, and I hoped that their teachers would recognize and respond to children … Continue reading Teachers, Schools, and Civil Discourse

Native Education and the Pursuit of Happiness

The following post is the third in a series by Jonna Perrillo, NCTE’s Historian. “Indian people need to be doers, rather than objects to which things are done,” Rough Rock Demonstration School Director Dillon Platero proclaimed in 1970.[1] One of the longest lasting of the 1960s experiments in community control, Rough Rock, a Navajo-operated school in … Continue reading Native Education and the Pursuit of Happiness

Teaching, Feminism, and School Rule

The following post is the second in a series by Jonna Perrillo, NCTE’s Historian. “Women are destined to rule the schools of every city,” Chicago school superintendent Ella Flagg Young declared in 1909. Better qualified than many men, she contended, women were “no longer satisfied to do the greatest part of the work and yet be … Continue reading Teaching, Feminism, and School Rule