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We Want to do more than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom by Bettina Love.

Life is short and our system needs nothing short of an overhaul if we are really going to serve all our kids so we might as well roll up our sleeves and start digging with all appropriate urgency. These are our kids, after all and, as we know well, there is no such thing as other people’s children.

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I heard it said once that book clubs are like free grad school. We are teachers, which means we are learners. And, if you are like most of us, trying to find time to read and learn is so dang hard. And a grad school program? Forgetaboutit.

The thing is, when we stop learning we stop optimizing our ability to serve. Plus, we tread into dangerous lack-of-integrity territory regarding what we tell our kids about that life long learning thing. And while we all need a break and I’m a huge proponent of boundaries, there comes a time when, if we want better, we have to do better. 

I’ve been thinking about this book club for a long time. And then, on the blog where I read the whole “it’s like free grad school” idea, I found that his first book recommendation was a book I announced many months ago as our first read. The universe, it doesn’t forget. 

I invite you to read this semester’s book. I invite you to post about it on Facebook. I invite you to join us on a virtual call in early December to talk about it. And I invite you to our very first podcast in January to listen to an interview with author (I say as I put out into that universe that never forgets hoping it will bring our community this favor). I invite you into community, into learning, and into better serving our kids. 

Thank you for being here.


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