“What is being revealed, particularly with the Arizona schools, in this strip-mining process, is not just what is being left out of history books, but what is intentionally being removed from them as well.” ~ Jeff Biggers
On Monday, March 12, Teaching for Change launched its Teaching Out LOUD fundraising campaign with a panel event at Busboys and Poets that featured Jeff Biggers, Dr. Enid Lee, and Dr. Khalil Muhammad. The evening began with a reception featuring live music by the School Without Walls Jazz Combo and refreshments from Busboys and Poets. Speaker bios.
Over the course of the evening, the panel drew from contemporary events and educational standards to provide context for the current attack on K-12 education. Biggers and Muhammad traced the patterns of these attacks and explained the link between schooling in the U.S. and a larger narrative of systemic and institutional oppression throughout American history. Lee provided educators with palpable ways to infuse social justice into all areas of the school day and teach in the current political and educational climate. Link to photos.
Renee Poussaint hosted the evening and Dr. Bernard Demczuk moderated the panel discussion. More than a dozen local teachers and students attended the event thanks in part to several donors and the generosity of event sponsors Ben’s Next Door, the Spirit of Black DC, Kate Tindle, and Don Murray.