Publication Date

Summer 2011

Degree Name

MA in Social Justice in Intercultural Relations

First Advisor

Janaki Natarajan

Abstract

Teaching in New York City public schools provided me with the opportunity become a part of the active grassroots education movement, be a part of one of the largest existing labor unions in the nation, and improve my teaching practice in the classroom. I began teaching in NYC at a time when mayor Michael Bloomberg assumed mayoral control of the public schools. For the first time in nearly half a century the NYC public school system is completely controlled by one individual, the city’s mayor. As a result, grassroots organizations have struggled to regain more participation in the governance of the city’s public schools while the current administration is making decisions to close rather than support struggling schools, provide opportunities for the testing industry to limit teaching to test preparation, support the growth of non-unionized teachers in the vastly growing charter schools, and provide ways for profit and so called non profit organizations to profit off of the backs of the city’s public school students.

Disciplines

Disability and Equity in Education | Education | Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education

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