Originally called “Liberation in the Classroom: Where do anti-oppression work and classroom work meet?”, this blog was conceived to address issues of power, control, and oppression as they relate to classroom work. The working title was an attempt to grasp the various aspects of liberation work (anti-sexism, anti-racism, anti-heterosexism, and any number of other cultural oppressions) and life in a classroom. I include here both questions of how individuals treat each other, why, and what we can do about it, as well as issues of policy, curriculum, and school administration.
This broad topic includes creating safe environments where youth can concentrate on their studies, and it means trying to understand what the experience is of all students. If the school is safe for some, but unsafe for others, our job is not done. The goal here is to create schools that are safe (emotionally, physically, etc.) for all students and teachers.