My alma mater’s education department motto is Teaching is learning. Teaching is not a profession where anything stands still. Our students are constantly developing and changing, new policies and standards are rolled out almost every year, the testing requirements and benchmarks are revised each summer, and most of all, we educators are always engaging in professional development to improve our practice and build our knowledge.
Teachers are always learning.
This is especially true for those of us who believe that education can – and should – liberate people. After all, you can’t just teach someone how to “get liberated.” Collective liberation depends on radically changing several interconnected systems, and no single person has a magical solution.
But we can learn liberation alongside our students, children, friends, comrades, and neighbors. We can learn liberation by modeling it within our families. We can learn liberation by enacting progressive policy. We can learn liberation by making our schools, organizations, and homes democratic places to learn and live.
Now, to be fully transparent, I don’t have all (or even half!) the answers. I’m not on the same level as the brilliant minds behind the Vision for Black Lives. But I do have a lot of insight, and passion, and ideas, and stories of what has worked for me. I’m excited to share them with you, and I can’t wait to hear what you have to share, too!