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ERIC Number: EJ1137651
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1553-541X
Education Activism: A Moment to Stand Up
Blair, Keron
Voices in Urban Education, n45 2017
In this article, the author asks the question: what are the real implications of living in a Trump America? He thinks as it relates to public education, people see this as a call to really stand up, and say, "Our schools will be safe places. Our schools will be sanctuaries. We will have good public schools in our communities, and we will fight for them." He thinks people are becoming sensitized to the kind of risks, the kind of momentum that we have to build in order to make sure that, at the end of these four years, we have strong public education and public schools in the communities that are most vulnerable. He discusses priorities, such as invalidating claims around the role of the private sector as it relates to education, and building infrastructure that can run strong campaigns at the local and state level. He asks questions and provides some advice for those that are concerned about the new political reality they find themselves in. He highlights some local victories and says that this is a moment to interrogate those stories and lift them up, to point the way that all of America is not Trump America. Finally, he talks about sources of hope. The author believes that what Donald Trump and his administration might do in four years pales in comparison to the kind of resistance that many of the folks that he works with have forged and won, and that is really hopeful for him--that in moments of crisis, it is possible to organize and resist and build, and ultimately turn the tide in our favor.
Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University. Brown University, Box 1985, Providence, RI, 02912. Tel: 401-863-7990; Fax: 401-863-1290; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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