***Revised call for submissions for the forthcoming issue of Radichal Teacher on Teaching About Socialism***
Deadline: December 12, 2022
The editors of this issue are interested in articles on teaching (in or out of school and college) that try to dispel the ignorance in the U.S. about socialism domestically and internationally, renewing its vital presence in political vision and resistance. For instance:
—How have you and your students and colleagues explored current understandings and misunderstandings of socialism? Hostile misrepresentations?
—What texts—treatises, analyses, stories, poems, dramas—have you found most engaging for students? What do you do with them?
—How have you or would you structure a class in Socialism 101?
—How have you connected ideas of socialism now to past ideas and practices of socialism? To “actually existing socialism” in other societies?
—Have you found ways to put students in touch with socialist organizing? With young people who have worked in the Sanders or AOC campaigns, for instance? With anti-capitalist organizers in Black Lives Matter?
—How might teaching about socialism connect to movements grounded in race or gender? To the ongoing concern with intersectionality? To environmental activism and the political analysis that climate change cannot be adequately addressed within the confines of capitalism?
—Can teaching about socialism be disinterested and neutral? Should it be? Or should radicals teach as advocates of socialism?
—In the current political atmosphere, will openly socialist teachers put their careers at risk? How can leftists who do have job security defend those who do not against repression? Can they turn repressive attacks by administrators, trustees, and politicians into political lessons?
—Does teaching socialism call for progressive pedagogies? Democratic classrooms? Student-initiated learning projects? Ways of moving from individual to collaborative forms of learning?
—What kinds of resistance from students have you encountered in teaching (about) socialism? How, whether successfully or unsuccessfully, have you tried to deal with them?