June 15, 2021


Teachers protest against laws restricting lessons on racism

On May 24, Tennessee approved a law that intimidates teachers into lying to students about the role of racism, sexism, and oppression throughout U.S. history. As a part of a national day of action against similar laws being proposed in states nationwide, we’ll walk downtown Memphis to highlight historical markers that describe events in Memphis history that teachers would be forced to lie or omit facts about to ensure compliance with the new law.

Overall, the law brings the state government into our classrooms to restrict the ways teachers can discuss race, sexism, and oppression in American history. The law

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Florida teachers concerned about critical race theory ‘policing’ in classrooms

Recent comments from the Florida Department of Education commissioner are raising concerns among educators throughout the state that political agendas are seeping their way into classroom instruction and halting the education process around both historic and current events.

While speaking at an event at Hillsdale College, a private conservative school in Michigan, Richard Corcoran was asked about critical race theory — a movement that examines the intersections of race, law and equity — more specifically, how to keep the topic out of schools. Corcoran used the opportunity to champion the Florida Department of Education’s Benchmarks for Excellent Student Thinking, known

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Teachers, unions and education officials push ‘woke,’ leftist policies in schools across US

Many teachers and teachers unions in recent years have pushed left-leaning policies both in schools and in the public sphere – a phenomenon that’s been highlighted by a more intense focus on schools and unions amid the coronavirus pandemic and battles over how to teach about race in schools. 

The progressive push goes from individual classroom teachers all the way to the highest education officials in the land, including President Joe Biden’s Education Secretary Miguel Cardona. The ideas and policies advocated range from anti-racism to single-payer health care to ending “male-centric” language.

“We need teachers behind this wave of our

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Teachers Union Looks to White House for Clarity on Mask Guidance | Education News

The president of the country’s second largest teachers union wants answers from the Biden administration regarding how it plans to ensure the safety of students and teachers given the updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that allows vaccinated individuals to go maskless and frees them from social distancing.

“As you can imagine, while this change in masking guidance makes clear the effectiveness of vaccines, it has also raised questions about how to apply it in all the environments in which our members serve,” American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten wrote in a letter sent Thursday

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Lessons Learned From Teachers About How to Develop New Technology Skills

Kate LaBarbera teaches 2nd grade at the K-5 Carlton Avenue School in San Jose, Calif. Jaison Naiker teaches a social-emotional learning seminar called Connections to 7th graders at Surprise Lake Middle School in Milton, Wash.

Naiker was curious about how he might use new tech tools in his instruction even before the pandemic. LaBarbera, on the other hand, only used classroom technology on a limited basis, when it was necessary.

But both experimented with new technologies way outside their comfort zones during the pandemic, and, in the process, they developed new technology skills that they plan to keep using in

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Readers Write: Trump and Facebook, teachers, education amendment

Good for Facebook’s Oversight Board for upholding the Donald Trump ban (“Facebook board opts to keep Trump off network,” May 6). The board is also right to suggest that Facebook must decide his future on a more permanent basis. The metric here should be quite obvious: Put the onus of the return to Facebook on Donald Trump.

Ban him until and unless he wholeheartedly acknowledges that Joe Biden is the duly elected president of the United States and that Trump’s assertion of massive election fraud is truly a big lie. Make it clear that these are the terms of conditionally

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