Tag Archives: Twin Cities Social Justice Education Fair

Managed instruction is not going away unless we make it!

by Erin Dyke, member of the IWW Education Organizing Committee

Focused Event
students, community members, parents, and educators at the community meal, all photos taken by Maggie Sventek

More than 50 people came together for the first social justice education community meal of 2014 on February 16th, to explore the prevailing trend toward managed instruction in our schools and potential alternatives. We gnoshed on a delicious (and free!) Sunday brunch of fruits, eggs, potato hash, breads, and other treats while we caught up with old friends and made new comrades. We want to take some time to reflect on what we learned from our time together and consider ways to move forward to fight against the forced de-skilling of students and educators.

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Workload & Teacher Power: Reflections on an Organizing Victory at my school this year

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Do teachers and other educators have power to change things in our schools? Everyday I talk to teachers who are upset, saddened by negative changes, struggling to ensure all of their students succeed. Many days I ask my co-workers what we can do, or if they can help with something. Sometimes they say yes, but mostly they say they are too busy to do anything. Sometimes I feel like we are too busy drowning to organize a raft to save ourselves.

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