Labor Day Special – The Teacher Insurgency with Dr. Leo Casey

Our ultimate Most effective of Trending in Ed for the summer time showcases a conversation with Dr. Leo Casey about his ebook, The Instructor Insurgency.

Mike welcomes Dr. Leo Casey, the Government Director of the Albert Shanker Institute who has written a book identified as The Instructor Insurgency: A Strategic and Arranging Viewpoint. They get started with Leo’s upbringing by two New York Town lecturers, how he deserted his dissertation to train in Crown Heights, and how he started doing the job with the union when his college shut down.

Leo then commenced to head the Albert Shanker Institute, a strategic consider tank within just the American Federation of Teachers which examines labor history, particularly for lecturers. Leo clarifies the origins of the 2018 and 2019 instructor strikes: the Janus circumstance, write-up-2008 austerity, deprofessionalization, and actions like the Women’s March on Washington. Academics saw each their payment as very well as their position in the classroom going through immediate decrease.

The initial teacher’s strikes were held in West Virginia, which experienced a heritage of the labor movement–both inside training and outside of. From here the strikes unfold, and in the long run the motion was successful in shielding lecturers all through COVID-19 periods (in this context, MIke briefly mentions Leo’s short article on Black Lives Make a difference and the NBA.)  

Leo notes his concern about equally the early retirement of teachers and the paucity in the pipeline for new teachers. Leo also expresses optimism for the Biden-Harris administration, notably President Biden’s assist of unions. Leo finishes up by talking about the discourses all around how instructors see themselves, and the require for accurate civics training.

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