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Teaching is a political act and we have a lot of work to do.

by Roxana Gonzalez  |  09/13/2017

Teacher friends, 
It’s back to school time and you surely have a lot on your “To Do List”, but I hope you take a minute to read my letter and that you can take something away from it to help you as you start another year in the classroom. 

Today would have been the beginning of my 6th year in a Chicago classroom but last Spring I made the decision to accept a position that would bring me to Bogota, Colombia to teach at a university for a year. I felt like I needed a break or maybe I too would break. My heart feels heavy knowing I’m not teaching with you this year and because as you returned to classrooms across the city, 45′s administration made the announcement to rescind DACA. As you fight for your students, remember that you can support DACAmented individuals without criminalizing their parents, because at the end of the day, the whole system is guilty. Teaching is a political act. I saw this mural the first day I was on campus in Bogota and couldn’t agree more, so I wanted to share it with you. It says: 

Ser profe y no luchar es una contradiction pedagogica. 

To be a professor and not fight is a pedagogical contradiction. 

ILLUSTRATION: Bogota mural

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