Ferguson Teacher of the Year 2016
Colonizing the Classroom
In the aftermath of Michael Brown’s murder in Ferguson, Missouri, the author deconstructs the Ferguson-Florissant School District’s response to the community in crisis and the policies enacted through a colonizer-colonized lens, coupled with ramifications resulting in a cultural mismatch in education and law enforcement. This article reviews the teacher-student dynamics resulting from the 2018–19 Ferguson Teacher of the Year award for Lindsay Williams, a fourth-grade teacher who decided that her students should make care packages for the police in Ferguson four short years after the uprising from which the community is still healing.
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