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At Biennial Meeting, American Association of University Professors Votes to Affiliate with American Federation of Teachers

Historic partnership will strengthen both organizations and advance American higher education.

June 20, 2022 · 6 Comments

Lisa Arrastia: Letter to My Student Teachers on a Day of Yet Another School Mass Shooting in America

While some will call for greater discipline, more resource officers, and paying for “threat assessments,” I will call for love and uplift you, the teachers in public pre-k-12 schools.

May 26, 2022 · 1 Comment

Video: The Opposites Game

An English teacher asks his class: ‘What’s the opposite of a gun?’

May 18, 2022 · 2 Comments

Frida Berrigan: Saving our schools starts with spending less on the military

Public schools have become society’s safety nets, and they are suffering for it. Imagine if we invested in them rather than war.

May 3, 2022 · Leave a comment

Maryfrances Wagner: Prompt

What if we want to tell a real secret?

April 27, 2022 · 4 Comments

Elizabeth Romero: The Sisters Who Raised Me

Now I thank the black butterflies, the Sisters who raised me.
Sister Jane, who taught me how to garden and identify weeds.
Sister Marie Therese, kind and soft. Sister May Bride
Who defied authority to comfort me when I was disgraced.

April 16, 2022 · 8 Comments

James Baldwin: A Talk to Teachers

The obligation of anyone who thinks of himself as responsible is to examine society and try to change it and to fight it—at no matter what risk. This is the only hope society has. This is the only way societies change.

March 20, 2022 · 1 Comment

Michael Simms: The Courage of Teachers

In 1987, students gathered in front of the admin building angry over the corruption of the university’s board. The crowd was getting ugly. I was a young teacher standing to the side, listening to the speeches, watching warily as the crowd grew. Someone shouted Take Over the Administration! and the crowd chanted Take Over! Take over! Take Over! The crowd, now a mob…

February 27, 2021 · 8 Comments

Belle Chesler: This Empire Has No Clothes | In the Classroom That Zoom Built

The gravest and most immediate threat to our most vulnerable students was, and continues to be, hunger. If schools are closed, so is the critical infrastructure that helps keep our nation’s children fed.

May 12, 2020 · 2 Comments

Belle Chesler: Defunding Children — A National Crisis of the Soul

Our kids are struggling not because we’ve forgotten how to teach them or they’ve forgotten how to learn, but because the adults who run this society have largely decided that their collective future is not a priority.

April 23, 2019 · 1 Comment

Belle Chesler: High School Students — The Canaries in the Coal Mine of American Disaster

“It was no surprise to anyone who knew him to hear that he was the shooter.” — Emma Gonzalez, Senior, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Over the past three weeks, … Continue reading

March 13, 2018 · 4 Comments

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