“An Educator's Commitment”

in Uncivil Rights

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780226660714
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226660738 | DOI:
“An Educator's Commitment”

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This chapter elaborates upon the simultaneous changes in unionists' conceptions of teachers' rights and black New Yorkers' strategies to improve their neighborhood schools. This culminated in the 1968 Ocean Hill-Brownsville strikes. The members of the Teachers Union in 1963 voted to join the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) because during the immediate post-cold war era their marginalized position left them without influence of their own. The downfall of a radical union in which teachers could fight for race progress serves as an especially powerful indicator of teachers' relationship to the civil rights movement at a time when the movement was most visible and powerful. The black parents and activists being tired of broken premises of integration fought for greater community control over who taught and what was taught in minority schools. The relations between teachers and the minority communities they served were irreparably damaged by 1970.

Keywords: Teachers Union; United Federation of Teachers; UFT; radical union; teachers; race; minority schools; rights

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Subjects: Educational Strategies and Policy

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