Teach Challenging Books

Hope Teague-Bowling, TU Director of Organizing, shares her experience teaching Claudia Rankine’s Citizen: An American Lyric in her high school English class. She not only addresses the question “Can I, a white woman, do justice teaching a book about racism, microaggressions,and intersectionality?” but puts forth the argument as to why it is imperative that teachers intentionally teach books outside of their comfort zones.

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Racism Has No Place in Teaching

On their personal blog, Ryan and John Prosser provide a detailed rebuttal to Mike Jankanish’s op-ed in the Tacoma News Tribune entitled “Diversity education is a divisive education”. We thank the Prossers for their swift and thorough response to an op-ed fraught with racist arguments that undermine the education policies we advocate and fight for through Teachers United.

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The Fate of the 2016 Teachers of the Year

TU Director of Government Relations Nate Bowling recently wrote for Slate Magazine about the path he and his fellow finalists have taken since their 2016 recognition as Teachers of the Year. Drawing connections among the teacher shortage crisis, the state of the US political environment, and ongoing teacher strikes, Nate makes the case - “Teaching is a profession, and great teachers need to feel respected and empowered. If they don’t, they will leave—and they should. “

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