Education for Liberation requires bold critique, creative acts, and, particularly for teachers, a willingness to take risks outside the status quo.
Below we offer suggestions based on the ways many teachers and other youth advocates are building the capacity to challenge the Prison Industrial Complex (PIC). We know teachers are already practicing, generating and sharing other interventions. This is not a checklist of must-dos, nor is it an exhaustive list or intended to apply to every context. We offer these starting ideas, in no particular order, as generative possibilities to build the world we know we need, rather than as a prescription for a particular problem.
1 Always Learn:
2 Build Communities of Shared Purpose:
3 Ask, Listen and Imagine:
4 Policies Matter as Much as Practice:
5 .Know Your Rights, the School's and District's Policies, and Get Data:
6 Build Power Outside Your Classroom:
7 Discipline, Not Punish:
8 Leave No One Behind!:
9 Create Opportunities to Express Support, to Value People and to Share Love:
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