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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Families of Color Have a Lot to Worry About. Teachers Doing Stupid, Racist Things Shouldn’t Be One of Them

Nate Bowling, TU Director of Government Relations, has been thinking a lot about the emotional labor that parents of color have to endure in 2018. Unfortunately, it’s not hard to find evidence of teachers contributing to this as they exhibit “bad judgment and racist tom-foolery,” both straining the trust parents put into schools and undermining our profession. Educators must hold each other accountable and demand better of our colleagues.

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