“Ed reform” policies don’t just undermine teachers’ power and creativity in the classroom. They create hostile learning environments for students, and are often paired with gentrification and other attacks on working-class communities of color.
This is what is meant when we say “teachers’ working conditions are their students’ learning conditions.” The brave teachers’ unions which have chosen to stand up and fight, have found themselves leading a fightback not just for bread-and-butter issues, but against racism, gentrification, and inequality.
This has been true in Chicago, in Seattle, here in NYC. And as of February 20, a citywide teachers strike is expected in Portland, OR.
As socialists, we are delighted to see these developments. But we aren’t surprised that workers have been able to play a key role in leading struggles. In fact, socialists see workers as THE key class in society capable of winning socialism.
To find out why, join us for our next branch meeting:
Strike! The battle to defend education in Portland.
Strike! the centrality of the working class (50 min)
A presentation by Jonah W. (also active with Student Labor Action Movement at NYU) will be based on several key readings. Please see below in order to prepare for our discussion.
The battle to defend education in Portland (50 min)
A presentation by Colin (including his eyewitness accounts as a Portland resident/participant) will be based on articles in the brand new Socialist Worker. Get your copy today! Or read some of the articles online (see below).
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Hal Draper, The Two Souls of Socialism
Hal Draper, Why the working class?
Want more? Listen to this:
Emily Giles, “Why the Working Class?”
The Battle Lines Have Been Drawn in Portland
Upsized Classes, Downsized Education