This blog developed out of my need to process ideas related to current issues in education and the role of educators in supporting a democratic society. I am a middle school teacher in the Seattle area who hopes that sharing ideas with others will prompt new consideration of how classroom activists can shape educational policy.
…and I’m a proud member of Badass Teachers!
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