EDUCATE! ORGANIZE!! MOBILIZE!!!
These are the three pillars on which Ed Notes is founded – providing information on current ed issues, organizing activities around fighting for public education in NYC and beyond and exposing the motives behind the education deformers. We are part of a tiny band of resisters. Nothing will change unless YOU GET INVOLVED IN THE STRUGGLE!
Chicago Teacher Union PRES. At NYCoRE conf Sat. March 16th
And MORE and Change the Stakes too. I'm so excited. Given that Sat all day is tied up with FIRST LEGO League robotics at Javits (come on down - free and open to public) and next Sat with NYCORE, and since we still have one car and my wife won't be able to go to the gym, I expect to be living in the reconstruction zone of my house by St. Patrick's Day.
Next sat, March 16th, is the NYCoRE annual. Its an amazing conference with great workshops (list here).
But ALSO....Karen Lewis, the dynamic president of the Chicago Teacher's Union is the keynote. This is an opportunity you should not miss.
There will also be many of MORE's top candidates for UFT leadership
in attendance and MORE has a workshop and a table where you can learn
more about the movement to transform the UFT.
Please register on line by following the link below.
Karen Lewis, President of the Chicago's Teachers Union
accompanied by DJ ULTRAMAN, Benji Chang, Post-Doctoral Fellow with IUME Teachers College
school should be the center of a community -- a place that feeds the
minds and hearts of its young people, a place that celebrates the
neighborhood's cultural and linguistic heritage, a place that provides
the tools for a community to deepen its self-understanding and broaden
its understanding of its connections to the broader world.
Across the country, however, the ability of educational
institutions to serve these purposes is being severely damaged. Schools
are increasingly seen as opportunities for the wealthy and powerful to
make a profit, or to further their own political agendas. While these
agendas affect different groups in a variety of ways, in such seemingly
disconnected policies as school closings, teacher bashing, and the
banning of ethnic studies programs, a common thread
emerges: disregard for the histories, needs and people served by local
But in response to these
dehumanizing, profit-driven policies, communities are fighting back.
People are coming together, supporting, valuing and caring for one
another as individuals with unique histories and experiences, rather
than as statistics. Communities are reaching out, forming new
connections, building bridges, strengthening ties. From the Chicago
teachers and the parents who supported them in their recent strike, to
the work that teachers do in their classrooms, we are working to listen
to one another, and to hear each other's voices over the din of the
empty rhetoric of politicians, and to bring our voices together in a
call for justice.
New York Collective of Radical Educators (NYCoRE)
is a group of public school educators committed to fighting for social
justice in our school system and society at large, by organizing and
mobilizing teachers, developing curriculum, and working with community,
parent, and student organizations. We are educators who believe that
education is an integral part of social change and that we must work
both inside and outside the classroom because the struggle for justice
does not end when the school bell rings. NYCoRE members hold in common
nine Points of Unity which can be found here: http://www.nycore.org/nycore-info/points-of-unity/