The Educators for Social Justice – Nova Scotia (ESJ-NS) and the Nova Scotia Parents for Public Education (NSPPE) have just released their Manifesto for Progressive Public Education which identifies four major threats to progressive public education in this province: the weakening of community engagement, the impact of austerity, the weakening of the Nova Scotia Teachers Union and the influence of right-wing think tanks.
I attended a town hall on the state of public education in Nova Scotia. What emerged was a system still very much in crisis, but with teachers and parents demonstrating a real desire to listen and learn from one another.
Nova Scotia Parents for Public Education, along with the group Educators for Social Justice, is kicking off a series of Town Hall meetings across the province with an event for residents of Halifax Regional Municipality to hear from parents, caregivers, educators and the public.
“In the words of Martin Luther King: “One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.” Nova Scotia Parents for Public Education on the the Glaze Report.