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The Future of Our Schools: Teachers Unions and Social Justice

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In "The Future of Our Schools," Lois Weiner explains why teachers who care passionately about teaching and social justice need to unite the energy for teaching to efforts to self-govern and transform teacher unions. Drawing on research and her experience as a public school teacher and union activist, she explains how to create the teachers unions public education desperate...more
ebook, 234 pages
Published November 27th 2012 by Haymarket Books (first published October 16th 2012)
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Ron
I'm not a union guy, and I'm not involved in K12, so I'm probably far from the authors target audience. I read it cover to cover twice, and I still find it incredibly confusing to say the least. As I related in an earlier comment, I generally lean quite far to the left, and after reading this, I feel like a right wing extremist.

That being said, my purpose in reading this text and other related ones, is all I see are echo chambers of the defenders of the status quo on the one hand, and the hard c...more
Dan Sharber
short but indispensable book on what is wrong with the education 'reform' on author and how rebuilding our teacher's unions is our only hope of winning the kind of rich and useful education that all of our students deserve. but also how that fight back must move beyond simple bread and butter union issues and take up the mantel of social movement unionism - as evidenced by the recent strike in chicago. great book!!
Laura
An important read for teachers and teacher union activists.
suzy
Great excerpt from the last chapter "Rhetoric about equalizing school outcomes for groups long denied access to adequate, let alone quality education, masks the real aim of the last twenty years of reform, creating a docile workforce that receives no more than the 8th grade education needed to compete with workers elsewhere for jobs that can be moved easily from one city, state, or country. World Bank materials lay out the assumptions seldom articulated in this country: Money educating workers b...more
Stephanie
I appreciate Weiner's definition of social MOVEMENT unionism, emphasizing not only the importance of having progressive leadership but also an engaged and active rank and file.
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