The Red State Walkouts

An analysis - and homage - to the work of teachers
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 ImageWhen I write for New Politics, I tag my blogs with key words. I wonder how many other Left publications include "teachers unions" under "labor" or include "education" as a separate topic and run critical analyses—as we do?

I explain in this just-out piece in Jacobin why the Red state teacher walkouts cannot be understood without noting how teaching as work and teachers as workers have been overlooked. The work they/we do is in education. It's a story about women's work and school reforms that have aimed to destroy the profession, globally. The story pushes against the mold of labor struggles in which union officials speak for workers and of national boundaries.

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About Author
LOIS WEINER, a member of the  New Politics editorial board, writes widely about education, labor, and politics, specializing in teacher unionism. She is currently researching the challenges for teachers unions in the political and economic terrain since 2016.  

 

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