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Ordinary Citizens Catalyzing Change: A 'People's History' of 2013

The real story of 2013 was "ordinary people" in the streets who challenged injustice and worked for "good."



This year has been full of examples of people making history. Although newspapers and textbooks often focus on political and military leaders, the real story was with "ordinary people" in the streets who challenged injustice and worked for "good."

At the Zinn Education Project, our goal is to help teachers introduce these stories from a people's perspective. Teaching outside of the textbook and the mainstream news helps students see the roles they can play in making the world a better place.

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How Mass Civil Disobedience at a Seattle High School Catalyzed the 'Education Spring'

Garfield High School launched testing boycott that spread to other schools in the city and helped spark a national movement to oppose testing abuses.


Seattle's Garfield High School, home of the bulldogs, is used to winning.

Our jazz band is a perennial winner of the Essential Ellington national completion, our track and basketball team are perennial state contenders, our drumline just took the top place in the end of the year regional competition, and we have award-winning clubs such as Junior State of America debate team and the knowledge bowl. But this year we scored a whole different kind of victory: Not a high score on the test, but a defeat of the test itself. Not a win for a competition, but a victory for the solidarity of students, parents, and teachers in the struggle for authentic assessment over standardized testing.

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Want to Boycott Rupert Murdoch? Good Luck with That

If you say goodbye to NewsCorp, you say goodbye to The Simpsons, Hulu, FX, the National Geographic Channel, and a lot more.



You've no doubt heard by now that Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation is up to no good, and this time it goes far beyond the everyday flubs and lies of Fox News. After news broke that Murdoch's British paper News of the World had hacked into the cellphones of numerous British citizens, the story's grown to suggest that perhaps American phones were hacked as well.

In retaliation, British activist Chris Coltrane registered BoycottMurdoch.com to try and attack the business savvy Murdoch where it would hurt him most: his pocketbook. It's a good idea. It's also going to be downright impossible for anyone who consumes media of any kind in today's world.

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