The motivating vision behind the Rethinking Schools organization is the notion of "the common school." This vision includes the belief that schools are integral "not only to preparing all children to be full participants in society, but also to be full participants in this country's ever-tenuous experiment in democracy." The organization was founded in Milwaukee in 1986, and has been intimately involved with addressing such educational issues as standardized testing and textbook-dominated curricula. Visitors to the site can learn about the organization's various programs, and more importantly, read a number of articles from its in-house journal, _Rethinking Schools_. One particularly nice feature of the site is the collection of thematic articles organized into such topics as "Bilingual Education" and "Teacher Unions." Finally, the site also has collected a list of selected online resources, such as links to the Global School Network and the American Federation of Teachers.
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