The Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association (MTEA) joins with our students, parents and members of the community to take stock of this past weekend’s events in Sherman Park. MTEA members know that Governor Walker’s calling out of the National Guard is not a solution. We need community led solutions that empower neighborhoods.
The Sherman Park neighborhood, like much of our city, has gone through decades of declining opportunity: the loss of living wage union factory jobs, redlining, hyper segregation, foreclosures, mass incarcerations, and the growth of low wage jobs lacking health care coverage or security. As educators we know that Milwaukee has been ground zero for over 25 years of the failed school privatization schemes that have targeted low-income black and brown communities, leaving our public schools starving for resources and our children in the crosshairs.
We also know as educators that we play a critical role in the lives of our students and their families. In the coming days our students will come to us with questions. Listed below are some resources recommended by educators that can assist you in your classrooms and with your work with family and community members. Many of these titles can be found in the Martin Haberman Library for Social Justice Teaching in the MTEA’s office.
MTEA members are dedicated to fighting for the schools and communities our children deserve.
For White Teachers in the Time of #BlackLivesMatter
Teaching for Joy and Justice by Linda Christensen
Rethinking Globalization by Bigelow/Peterson
Failing our Kids by Swope and Miner
Reading, writing, and rising up by Christensen
Rhythm and Resistance by Christensen and Watson
Rethinking Mathematics: Teaching social justice by the numbers By Gutsetin and Peterson
The Line Between Us by Bill Bigelow
Planning to Change the World: A plan book for social justice teachers