People accuse me of living in a dream world - I've never supported suspending kids or placing all the blame on kids for problems in schools. You know the argument -- "if I could just get rid of the scumbags, as one teacher" recently told me. I'm not interested in blaming kids who are mostly victims. Believe me, I was as frustrated as anyone at times. I felt lucky that I was able to get over most conflicts with kids and restart the relationship. Generally I didn't have lots of trouble with kids but then again I didn't teach in the current climate so I do understand. I recently heard an NPR BBC broadcast talking about world-wide complainst about student behavior and where many commentors pushed for caning. I think RJ is a better choice.
Also a great chance to hear/see via Skype LATU Presidential candidate Alex Caputo-Pearl and Arlene Inouye who is currently serving in an elected position in the union and is running again. I believe there are 9 people running for President. The election is this month.
Teachers Unite did an excellent workshop on Restorative Justice at the More Than a Test Score conference last Saturday.
Restorative Justice and Teacher Unions:What are the connections?How can organizing around restorative practices & social justice relate to union work at your school site?A panel & discussion with Union Power Caucus ofUnited Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA)Saturday, February 8, 2014Noon-2pm ESTTeachers College525 W. 120th Street, NYC1 | A | B | C | D to 125th St.Facilitated by Dr. Lois Weiner, author, The Future of our Schoolswith panelists via Skype:Alex Caputo-Pearl, Union Power Caucus Candidate for UTLA President&Arlene Inouye, Union Power Caucus Candidate for UTLA TreasurerHosted by Teachers Unite and Endorsed by the New York Collective of Radical Educators (NYCoRE) and the Movement of Rank & File Educators (MORE)RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.orgAnd on Facebook