Richmond Teachers for Social Justice Statement on Carver Elementary School and High Stakes Testing

Once again, Richmond Teachers for Social Justice is appalled, embarrassed, and disappointed, but not shocked to see the VDOE’s report of George Washington Carver Elementary School’s SOL testing. We echo School Board members Kenya Gibson and Scott Barlow when they say the students were of no fault; this incident is a product of the accountability…… Continue reading Richmond Teachers for Social Justice Statement on Carver Elementary School and High Stakes Testing

Richmond Teachers for Social Justice Statement on Justice for Marcus Peters

Statement Richmond Teachers for Social Justice is devastated by the murder of Marcus Peters, a fellow educator, who was killed by a Richmond Police officer while in a state of mental distress. Peters, as a naked man, was clearly unarmed; we call for justice for Marcus Peters, and stand in solidarity with family and community…… Continue reading Richmond Teachers for Social Justice Statement on Justice for Marcus Peters

RVATSJ at #MarchforOurLives

Richmond Teachers for Social Justice members marched in Richmond, VA and Washington, DC to fight against gun violence in schools and in our communities. We were reminded once again of how all forms of oppression are intersectional and that we cannot talk about gun violence without talking about all the innocent Black lives that have…… Continue reading RVATSJ at #MarchforOurLives

Teaching for Social Justice

by Jessica Shim Last August, a group of white supremacists marched on the lawns and streets of Charlottesville, Virginia, and chanted things like, “Jews will not replace us,” “Blood and soil,” and “White lives matter.” They were carrying torches, Confederate battle flags, and German Nazi flags. They terrorized the streets and turned Charlottesville into a…… Continue reading Teaching for Social Justice

Unitive Education Workshop June 26-30

Message from Sylvia Clute, President Alliance for Unitive Justice Teachers for Social Justice: Knowing of your interest/commitment to schools that provide a joyful adventure in learning, instead of a system based on hierarchy and punishment, you may be interested in a “unitive education” workshop that Laurie Koth and I are offering the last week in June.…… Continue reading Unitive Education Workshop June 26-30

High Stakes Tests Are Poor Motivators

by Amy Peterson, Latin Teacher, Chesterfield Education Association Reposted from the Virginia Journal of Education, June 2013 There are two ways to motivate people, by threatening and punishing them or by valuing and empowering them.  My recent leap into the issue of standardized testing has fostered a heightened awareness of how one’s method of motivation can…… Continue reading High Stakes Tests Are Poor Motivators

Schools for a more perfect union: Reaffirming the goals of racially and economically integrated education

By Genevieve Siegel-Hawley “Segregated schools were, and are, inferior schools,” declared President Barack Obama a year ago in his landmark speech on race relations in America. “We still haven’t fixed them, fifty years after Brown v. Board of Education, and the inferior education they provided, then and now, helps explain the pervasive achievement gap between today’s…… Continue reading Schools for a more perfect union: Reaffirming the goals of racially and economically integrated education