Teachers’ unions need to keep close to our social-justice roots

by VanessaVaile

not just teachers’ unions but #adjunct faculty too. Our social justice extend outside the classroom and into the community. Social justice is not just for our immediate workplaces. (HT to @AddieJunct for this find)

no need to raise your hand

Poverty. Racism. Democracy. Aboriginal rights. Climate change.

Many of us explore issues like these in our classrooms. It’s our responsibility as teachers to see that our students become caring, engaged members of society.

Teachers in Burnaby, BC make the connection between social justice and education funding in 2012. (Photo: Burnaby Teachers' Association blog) Teachers in Burnaby, BC make the connection between social justice and education funding in 2012. (Photo: Burnaby Teachers’ Association blog)

In our unions, we also advocate for progressive change on issues like these. One of the my own union’s core beliefs is that promoting quality public education for all requires working for social justice.

Overall, how are we doing with that? 

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