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Advocacy in the Age of Colorblindness

A student of color is courageous enough to share his story, and what do adults do? Dismiss and invalidate his experiences by arguing what they believe he and students in similar situations need. Go ahead, say you are “fighting for students,” but you can’t truly fight for students if you aren’t listening to them–all of … Continue reading

Student Op-Eds on Teach for America

For the past couple months, I’ve seen an increasing number of student op-eds being submitted to university newspapers. In honor of our Students Resisting Teach for America campaign led by Students United for Public Education, I figured it’d be useful to compile a list of these articles. Feel free to check them out and share! … Continue reading

When the War on Teachers Hits Home Part 2

When the War on Teachers Hits Home Part 2

A few weeks ago I wrote about the conflict regarding my former teachers at Egg Harbor Twp. Last night I attended their board meeting. Which was, well, quite a show to say the least. It included the Board of Education‘s president, James Galvin, referring to the teachers as, “You people,” (Huh, I guess Chris Christie’s … Continue reading

When the War On Teachers Hits Home–Literally.

When the War On Teachers Hits Home–Literally.

I never imagined I’d be writing a post like this. As many of you know, I often try my hardest to bring light to the attacks happening on teachers from various locations. We can’t deny that our struggles are all intertwined. Yet, never did I imagine I’d be writing to bring light to what’s happening … Continue reading

What In The World Are You Doing, CPS?

What In The World Are You Doing, CPS?

Yesterday I received a text that made my heart sink and made me absolutely sick to my stomach.   Yesterday in Chicago, over 2,000 teachers were laid off–as if closing 53 elementary schools wasn’t enough of a draconian and heartless action enough to impose on the Chicago community. To take it even further, they have … Continue reading