Activism

At the Border, Teachers Protest Detention, Separation of Children – Education Article

(photo: Rebeca Logan) On a makeshift stage in El Paso, Texas, former Texas Teacher of the Year Leslie Anaya delivered a message to the roughly 15,000 immigrant children who are held captive in federal detention centers, where they are denied an education and separated from their mothers, fathers, and anybody else who loves them. “Don’t cry,” she said. “Sing. Sing because you have so many people fighting for you, so many teachers who won’t stop fighting to make sure you’re…

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Colin Barker obituary | Education

In 1965 a labour sociologist arrived in Manchester, fresh from Oxford University, to conduct an ethnography of the lives of the mainly female workers in an engineering factory. Convivial and unpretentious, and an accomplished cook too, Colin Barker was “adopted” by the women amid huge amusement. When he left, one of them wrote him a letter saying they “missed him and his little dumplings”. He kept it pinned on his wall for years. My friend Colin, who has died aged…

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‘Politicians are messing with our future’: student leader Amatey Doku on fighting Brexit | Education

For a long time, young people were accused of being apathetic, and student activism was thought to be dead. That changed when student protests against the 2012 tuition fee rises took hold in campuses across the country. But according to Amatey Doku, vice-president for higher education at the National Union of Students, tuition fees were too inward-looking an issue to inspire a genuine student and youth-driven political movement. Instead, a unifying cause has finally arrived: the battle to stop Brexit.…

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Denver Teachers Strike for Fair, Livable Pay – Education Article

Teachers carry placards as they walk a picket line outside South High School early Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, in Denver. The strike on Monday is the first for teachers in Colorado in 25 years after failed negotiations with the school district over base pay. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) After 15 fruitless, frustrating months at the bargaining table, Denver teachers and education support professionals went on strike Monday, in an all-out effort for a fair, transparent, and professional salary plan that pays…

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Black Lives Matter at School Spotlights Racial Justice in Education – Education Article

(photo: Kristopher Radder-Brattleboro Reformer) Jesse Hagopian is an ethnic studies teacher at Garfield High School in Seattle and a member of the Seattle Education Association (SEA)/Washington Education Association (WEA). As co-editor of Teaching for Black Lives, he helped organize Black Lives Matter at School (BLM at School), a national coalition of educators organizing for racial justice in education. Coalition leaders have encouraged educators, students, parents, union members, community leaders and others to join their annual “week of action,” this year set for…

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California schools were once the nation’s envy. What went wrong? | Education

California once had one of the best funded, most envied public education systems in the United States. Now schoolteachers in Los Angeles, who went on strike this week to vent years of frustration, say they struggle with overcrowded classrooms and children whose need for academic support, psychological services and English-language coaching outstrips anything they can provide. Many schools do not have a full-time nurse or counselor. In many of the poorer neighborhoods – in south LA, or the north-eastern San…

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Educators Reinvigorate Organizing and Activism With Art Build – Education Article

Photo: Joe Brusky On a typically warm and sunny Saturday last week in Venice, California, Kristie Mitchell sat outside at a table surrounded by Sharpies and a pile of posters. Each one featured the same basic illustration – an outline of an African-American woman and three school-age children with the words “I Stand For” across the top. It was up to Mitchell and the other public school parents and children around the table to decorate the poster with whatever color…

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Community Support Helps Schools Recover from Disaster – Education Article

Jones Middle School students march in their town’s Christmas Parade with donated instruments. From east coast to west coast, the U.S. has endured several devastating natural disasters in 2018. It’s been a hard year for many people, and if the seemingly endless negative news cycle has you feeling grinchy this holiday season, read on. Though they suffered enormous loss, disaster-hit communities are still feeling hopeful. When Hurricane Florence swamped Jones Middle School in eastern North Carolina, it wiped out everything,…

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The Best and Worst of 2018 in Public Education – Education Article

2018 was by most measures a pretty great year for public education. It seemed that finally – finally – the conversation about the future of public education was headed in the right direction. The country was actually listening to educators. There were many other successes for public schools in 2018, but also enough disappointments and outrages to splash a little cold water on any year-end celebration. Here are some of the highlights and lowlights for 2018. (It’s hardly an exhaustive…

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