In the current, at times, toxic educational debates, cancel culture is rampant. But, there is room, space, and precedence for cordial debates, fierce and persistent differences in outlooks and strategies, yet solidarity in the desired outcomes: Love for Black Children and Black Liberation.
In this episode, we got to chat with Dr. Bettina Love about her new book, We Want to do More than Survive, Liberatory education, Freedom Schools, Black teacher recruitment, Abolitionist teaching, white teachers of Black children, what she thinks we must do to ensure better education for Black children moving forward, etc.
We had a ton of LOVING debates (see what we did there?). Do yourself a favor and check it out.
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Sharif El-Mekki is the principal of Mastery Charter School–Shoemaker Campus, a neighborhood public charter school in Philadelphia that serves 750 students in grades 7-12. From 2013-2015, he was one of three principal ambassador fellows working on issues of education policy and practice with U.S. Department of Education under Secretary Arne Duncan.