2/22/2018 – Student And Teacher Leadership Will Change The Politics Of Gun Control

THIS WEEK: Teachers Stymied By Underfunding … Effects Of School Shootings … Community Schools Work … Alt-Right Campus Surge … St. Paul Teachers FTW


Student And Teacher Leadership Will Change The Politics Of Gun Control

By Jeff Bryant

“After the horrendous shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, students are taking over the debate on gun control that politicians in both parties have so horribly botched for decades … Teachers are joining in the widespread dissent, not as instigators but as collaborators in raising a unified message that ‘enough is enough’ … This push for meaningful gun control seems more promising than efforts in the past for numerous reasons, including the leadership of the students and teachers and the moral clarity they speak from. Students and teachers are intent on making politicians who ignore their demands pay at the ballot box in November.”
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Teachers Want To Prepare Students For The Jobs Of The Future – But Feel Stymied

The Hechinger Report

“In a new report … many K-12 educators said they want to retool their teaching to match workforce needs but feel limited by meager budgets and inadequate access to technology … Teachers cited active learning, problem solving and classroom discussions (51%), project-based learning (45%) and personalized learning (40%) as ‘very important’ strategies for helping students develop workplace skills … Most educators said they wanted to embrace new teaching approaches … They feel constrained in their ability to do so. A majority (51%) blamed budget limitations for preventing them from introducing innovative approaches in their classrooms. Other barriers cited were lack of access to technology (27%), lack of interest from policy makers (27%) and too little teacher autonomy (25%).”
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How Mass School Shootings Affect The Education Of Students Who Survive

The Washington Post

“More than 150,000 students attending at least 170 primary or secondary schools in the United States have experienced a shooting on campus since the 1999 Columbine High School massacre … When researchers examine test scores of individual students year to year, those scores dropped after the shooting … Attending a high school where a homicide takes place prompts trauma, and that impacts students school experience and achievement … The needs of the survivors are real, and we must ask how we can address them.”
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Do Community Schools And Wraparound Services Boost Academics? Here’s What We Know.


“The strategy, often referred to as the “community schools” model or “wraparound services,” has been embraced by districts across the country … Research shows that these efforts often do help learning, but in a number of cases they don’t seem to have any effect – and it’s not clear why efforts sometimes succeed and sometimes don’t … There are virtually no cases where students appear to do worse thanks to the programs … Many would argue these sorts of wraparound services and anti-poverty programs are worthwhile regardless of students’ short-term academic gains.”
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While the Media Panicked About Campus Leftists, The Far Right Surged

The Intercept

“Incidents of white supremacist propaganda on U.S. campuses more than tripled in 2017. Groups doubling down on campus propagandizing include explicit neo-Nazis like the Florida-based Atomwaffen Division, as well as associations like Identity Evropa … More than 100 people have been killed or injured since 2014 by perpetrators believed to be influenced by the racism and misogyny that defines the so-called alt-right, the center found. More than 60 people were killed or injured in ‘alt-right'” violence last year alone … Liberal and centrist media institutions don’t care as much about white supremacy as they claim to.”
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St. Paul Teachers Score A Win for Kids Over Big Money


Jeff Bryant writes, “St. Paul teachers want to do ‘phenomenal things’ for their students. At least that’s what Nick Faber of the St. Paul Federation of Teachers tells me. But what’s been holding back … For years, public officials, regardless of political party, haven’t been willing to make the tough decisions to fund schools and other services vital to the public well-being, including healthcare, transportation, and housing … Using their contract negotiations as leverage, St. Paul teachers aimed to address underfunding by publicly calling on the district to join forces with them to go after big money holders to pay their fair share to support public schools … The teachers were able to get ‘some’ agreement from the district to partner with them on pressuring corporations and large nonprofits to contribute more financial resources to schools and in lobbying state government for increased funding, especially for special education. The union and the district also agreed to consider drafting a referendum for voters to approve more funding for schools.”
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