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We Want to Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom
We Want to Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom | Bettina Love
Drawing on personal stories, research, and historical events, an esteemed educator offers a vision of educational justice inspired by the rebellious spirit and methods of abolitionists. Drawing on her life's work of teaching and researching in urban schools, Bettina Love persuasively argues that educators must teach students about racial violence, oppression, and how to make sustainable change in their communities through radical civic initiatives and movements. She argues that the US educational system is maintained by and profits from the suffering of children of color. Instead of trying to repair a flawed system, educational reformers offer survival tactics in the forms of test-taking skills, acronyms, grit labs, and character education, which Love calls the educational survival complex. To dismantle the educational survival complex and to achieve educational freedom--not merely reform--teachers, parents, and community leaders must approach education with the imagination, determination, boldness, and urgency of an abolitionist. Following in the tradition of activists like Ella Baker, Bayard Rustin, and Fannie Lou Hamer, We Want to Do More Than Survive introduces an alternative to traditional modes of educational reform and expands our ideas of civic engagement and intersectional justice.
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KyrstinElizabeth

Teachers who say they are deeply concerned about social justice or that they “love all children” but cannot say the words “Black Lives Matter” have no real understanding of what social justice is and what it truly means to love, find joy, and appreciate their students and their students‘ culture.

Chrissyreadit 👏🙌 2y
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#Nonfiction2020 is the only challenge I do, and I‘m super excited that I read 20 out of 25 categories this year. I can‘t wait to get started on this year‘s nonfiction challenge. 📚📚📚📚 Thanks to @Riveted_Reader_Melissa for organizing it!

Riveted_Reader_Melissa You are so welcome! It was a hard group last year and 2020 become such a serious year that it didn‘t always help with motivation. You did great, bingo more than once, and hopefully read some things you enjoyed. Go you, and goodbye 2020, hello 2021! 2y
CoffeeK8 @Riveted_Reader_Melissa thank you, and I agreed! Goodbye 2020, hello 2021! 2y
CarolynM Well done 👏👏👏 2y
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Half-way through through the year means checking in on my #nonfiction2020. Only 7 more books to go to fill up my board. I love this challenge since it forces me to find non-fiction outside of my usual sub-genres (True Crime & Education/Teaching)

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Such a great job! Congratulations!! 2y
AnneFindsJoy Wow, you're doing great, and I love the assortment of books you've read.. you're giving me lots of ideas! 2y
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Pickpick

#teachersoflitsy this is a powerful and important book.

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1. Tagged

2. I Am Not Your Negro

3. Not to be Captain Obvious, but Black Lives Matter

4. Find out if your local police department has a body cam policy requiring cameras to be worn and activated at all times when officers are interacting with citizens. If they don't, write/call them to tell them that they should. Don't forget about the Sheriff's department in addition to city police.

@4thhouseontheleft #friyayintro

alisiakae Captain Obvious 😂. Sometimes that is needed! 2y
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One thing that this crisis is doing, is highlighting the disparity between the haves and have-nots. This is especially true when it comes to distance learning. I‘m interested to see how abolitionist teaching fits with the current crisis. #teachersoflitsy

Lauram Schools all around me have online learning with wonderful resources for students. My very poor urban school district handed out paper packets for the long break. 😔 3y
slategreyskies I get this. Our district has Chromebooks for the kids, which is more than I‘m used to, but they don‘t have internet access included on them, so some of the kids won‘t be able to access their course work outside of school since there‘s nowhere to go to jump on WiFi. They‘ll be able to charge it but not actually access the info they need. :/ 3y
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Pickpick

This book is a powerful look at what it really takes to advocate for our students of color as an educator. She tells us it's not enough to be an ally - we must be co-conspirators in the fight for educational freedom. Highly recommend for educators!

JamieArc This book was recently recommended to me. Great to see a Litsy review. 3y
CoffeeK8 This sounds fabulous 3y
kspenmoll Sounds really good! 3y
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