The Critical Education Project is teachers working together to build networks, share resources, support one another, and develop strategies for overcoming all that stands in the way of every student fulfilling their potential.
#1: Public education for all is possible
Public education is a pillar of social democracy and teachers have an important role in safeguarding the institution. While not partisan, public education is inherently political. At its heart, public education ensures that the production of knowledge is owned by everyone.
#2: Everyone can work at their full human potential
The promise of public education is to support everyone in their own development, to empower each other, and to help us all grow together as members of their community. Through education and community, everyone can fulfil their potential.
This promise requires respect for all, especially in light of the historic and contemporary conditions of colonialism. Reconciliation in education occurs through responsive dialogue, mutual listening, and the solidarity of meaningful action.
#3: The point of public education is power through praxis
Power through praxis means understanding reality enough to transform it with intention. Education is a means by which people gain this power. Praxis, or reflective-action, is developed through literacy, critical thinking, and community.
Praxis is not knowing for the sake of knowing. Instead, it’s learning for the sake of making a difference. This requires being grounded in place and community, self-discipline, core knowledge, adaptive application, and loving relationships that are based in mutual respect. Education based in praxis is rigorous, in-depth, meaningful, and powerful.
The Critical Education Project works to help secure the right to a public education based in praxis for all students, through the provision of public education on an equitable basis, high expectations for all students, adequate resources for all students, reasonable working conditions for teachers and other educators, and ground-up, culturally relevant, place-based, and community-centred schools.