#EDUSolidarity: It's Time for Teachers Like Us to Stand Up


As we all know, teachers and our unions, along with those of other public sector employees, face unprecedented attacks in the national media and from local and state governments. It is easy for politicians and the media to demonize the “unions” and their public faces; it is far more difficult to demonize the millions of excellent teachers who are proud union members. Those of us who are excellent teachers and who stand in solidarity with our unions are probably no stranger to the question “Well, why are you involved with the union if you’re a good teacher?” It’s time for us to stand up and answer that question loudly and clearly.

On Tuesday, March 22, teachers in NYC will wear red in solidarity with our brothers and sisters who are under attack in Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana, Tennessee and elsewhere. We also stand with teachers in places like Idaho, California, and Texas who are facing massive layoffs. We would like to take this stand on the web as well. We encourage you to publish a piece on March 22 entitled “Why Teachers Like Me Support Unions.” In this piece, please explain your own reasons for being a proud union member and/or supporter. Including personal stories can make this a very powerful piece. It would be great to also explain how being a union member supports and enables you to be the kind of teacher that you are. We want these posts to focus not only on our rights, but also on what it takes to be a great teacher for students, and how unions support that.

After you have published your post, please share it through the form that will go live on March 22 at http://www.edusolidarity.us. Posts should also be shared on Twitterusing the tag #edusolidarity.

In Solidarity,
Ken Bernstein – Social Studies, MD – teacherken
Anthony Cody – Science Instructional Coach, CA – Living in Dialogue
Ed Darrell – Social Studies, TX – MillardFillmore’s Bathtub
Nancy Flanagan – Educational Consultant, MI – Teacher in a Strange Land
Jonathan Halabi – Math, NY – JD2718
Jamie Josephson – Social Studies, DC – Dontworryteach
Stephen Lazar – Social Studies/English, NY – Outside the Cave
Deborah Meier – Professor of Education, NY – Deborah Meier’s Blog
Doug Noon – Elementary, AK – Borderland
Kate Nowak – Math, NY – f(t)
Jose Vilson – Math, NY – The Jose Vilson

To include the above image on your website as a badge linking back to our site, please copy the folowing code:

<a href=”http://www.edusolidarity.us/&#8221; title=”edusolidarityBADGE by OutsideTheCave, on Flickr”><img src=”http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5059/5528086852_435fc7e105_m.jpg” width=”200&#8243; height=”200″ alt=”edusolidarityBADGE”/></a>

2 thoughts on “#EDUSolidarity: It's Time for Teachers Like Us to Stand Up

  1. I’m really glad you guys put this together: the Wisconsin situation is demoralizing and scary.

    I’m no techie, but I was unable to get the above code to work on Blogger. For those who are on Blogger and equally clueless, here’s the workaround that I used:

    1. From the dashboard, click on “Design”.
    2. Click on “Add a Gadget”.
    3. Scroll down to “Picture”. (It’s between “Text” and “Slideshow”.)
    4. Click on the + sign next to “Picture”.
    5. In the “Title”, copy in
    edusolidarityBADGE by OutsideTheCave, on Flickr

    6. In the “Link”, copy in

    7. Click on “From the web” and copy in

    8. Click SAVE.
    9. If it’s not already in position, move your new gadget, which should now say

    “edusolidarityBADGE by Outsi…”

    , to the top right corner of the page(to the right of “Blog Posts” and below your blog title).
    10. Click SAVE on the Design page.
    11. Click “View Blog”. It should look something like this:


    12. If you don’t want it in the top right corner of the page, go back to step 9 and move it to wherever you want.


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