4 children, 4 society, 4 the future

We are education scholars who support worldwide democratic efforts that demand economic and social justice.

Access to decent education depends upon economic and social justice, and is a fundamental human right that the federal and state courts have recognized as essential to the maintenance and flourishing of a democratic society. Therefore, we oppose the current institutional structure which, instead of taxing the wealthy, diverts millions of dollars from education and denies meaningful educational opportunities, especially, to millions of low income and minority students.

Equally, we oppose today’s “educational reforms” that embrace corporate ideologies and advance privatization while undermining public education. Especially, we oppose NCLB’s test-driven education that truncates, rather than expands, the possibilities of teaching and learning.

We extend our support to a vision of building an education system that works for the children, the society, and the future. We thus declare our solidarity with any movement that exercises the right of all citizens of a democratic society to demand economic and social justice.

If you’re an education scholar and would like to add your name to this statement, please send us an email at edu4team[at]

  1. Maxine Greene, Professor Emerita, Teachers College, Columbia University
  2. Janet L. Miller, Professor, Teachers College, Columbia University
  3. Bill Ayers, University of Illinois at Chicago (retired)
  4. Robbie McClintock, Professor Emeritus, Teachers College, Columbia University
  5. Michael A. Rebell, Professor, Teachers College, Columbia University / Executive Director, Campaign for Educational Equity
  6. Kevin Kumashiro, Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago
  7. Nel Noddings, Lee Jacks Professor of Education Emerita, Stanford University
  8. Debbie Sonu, Hunter College, CUNY
  9. Victoria F. Trinder, University of Illinois at Chicago
  10. Brian Schultz, Northeastern Illinois University
  11. Kaoru Miyazawa, Gettysburg College
  12. Seungho Moon, Oklahoma State University
  13. Robert Lake, Georgia Southern University
  14. Fred Klonsky, Carpenter Elementary School (Fred Klonsky Blog)
  15. Rick Ayers, University of San Francisco
  16. Elisabeth Johnson, College of Staten Island, City University of New York
  17. James J. Shields, Emeritus Professor and Director, The Japan initiative, The City College, City University of New York
  18. Randall Everett Allsup, Associate Professor of Music Education, TeachersCollege, Columbia University
  19. Gregory Michie, Concordia University Chicago
  20. Deborah Meier, Senior scholar, Steinhardt School of Education, NYU
  21. Henry Giroux, Global Television Network Chair / English and Cultural Studies, McMaster University (Canada)
  22. Carl A. Grant, University Wisconsin-Madison
  23. Molly Quinn, Teachers College, Columbia University
  24. Michael W. Apple, John Bascom Professor of Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Policy Studies, University of Wisconsin
  25. Daniel Friedrich, Teachers College, Columbia University
  26. Peter Taubman, The School of Education, Brooklyn College, CUNY
  27. Cathy Rikhye, Teachers College, Columbia University
  28. Maria E. Torres-Guzman, Teachers College, Columbia University
  29. Isabel Nunez, Concordia University Chicago
  30. Pamela J. Konkol, Concordia University Chicago
  31. Becky Atkinson, The University of Alabama
  32. Kevin Burke, University of Notre Dame
  33. Lee Anne Bell, Professor, Barnard College, Columbia University / Barbara Silver Horowitz Director of Education
  34. Nirmala Erevelles, The University of Alabama
  35. Sandra Schmidt, Teachers College, Columbia University
  36. Elizabeth J. Meyer, California Polytechnic State University
  37. Barbara Morgan-Fleming, Texas Tech University
  38. Sara M. Childers, Assistant Professor, The University of Alabama
  39. Connie North, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  40. Paula Groves Price, Washington State University
  41. Linda McSpadden McNeil, Professor, Rice University
  42. Xyanthe Neider, Washington State University
  43. Therese Quinn, Chair and Associate Professor of Art Education, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  44. Jennifer L. Milam, Assistant Professor, The University of Akron
  45. Kate Kauper, Cornell College
  46. Tonya D. Callaghan, Faculty of Education, University of Calgary (Canada)
  47. Kathleen Kesson, Professor, Brooklyn Campus, Long Island University
  48. Will Letts, Charles Sturt University
  49. Thomas Nelson, University of the Pacific
  50. Robert J. Helfenbein, Indiana University—IUPUI
  51. Inda Schaenen, University of Missouri, St. Louis
  52. Linnea L. Rademaker, Assistant Professor, National College of Education at National Louis University
  53. Gabrielle Lyon, Founder, Senior Explorer, Project Exploration
  54. Vonzell Agosto, Ed Leadership & Policy Studies, University of South Florida
  55. Audrey M. Dentith, The University of Texas San Antonio
  56. Mariana Souto-Manning, Teachers College, Columbia University
  57. Madeleine Grumet, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  58. Kyle Greenwalt, Michigan State University
  59. Carl B. Anderson, The Pennsylvania State University
  60. Mary Breunig, Brock University (Canada)
  61. Pamela Lichtenwalner, San Francisco Unified School District (retired)
  62. Patricia Palulis, Associate Professor, University of Ottawa (Canada)
  63. Jason Endacott, Assistant Professor, University of Arkansas
  64. Tammy A. Turner-Vorbeck, Family Diversity Education Council
  65. Sherrie Reynolds, Professor, Texas Christian University
  66. Randy L. Hoover, Professor, Youngstown State University
  67. Noah De Lissovoy, University of Texas-Austin
  68. Mae S. Chaplin, Distinguished Teacher in Residence, California State University, San Marcos
  69. Cindy Cruz, Assistant Professor, Department of Education, UC Santa Cruz
  70. Bradley M. Conrad, Assistant Professor, Capital University
  71. Marianne Bloch, Professor Emerita, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  72. James F. Kilbane, Jr., Professor of Practice, Tulane University
  73. Anna V. Wilson, Associate Professor of Cultural and Curricular Studies, College of Educational Studies, Chapman University
  74. Charles Tocci, Assistant Professor of Secondary Education, National College of Education, National Louis University
  75. John E. Petrovic, Associate Professor, Social Foundations of Education and Policy Studies, College of Education, The University of Alabama
  76. Matiul Alam, President, World Education (Canada)
  77. Philip Ferguson, Professor, College of Educational Studies, Chapman University
  78. Xin Li, Professor, California State University, Long Beach
  79. Elizabeth A. Skinner, Illinois State University
  80. Janna Jackson Kellinger, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education and Human Development, University of Massachusetts Boston
  81. Jan Grannäs, Department of Educational Sciences, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, University of Gävle (Sweden)
  82. Edward A. Janak,College of Education, University of Wyoming
  83. Karen Graves, Professor of Education, Denison University
  84. Judith S. Kaufman, Professor of Human Development, Department of Teaching, Literacy and Leadership, Hofstra University
  85. Rob Linne, Adelphi University
  86. Mollie Blackburn, Associate Professor of Literacy Education / Co-Coordinator, Sexuality Studies Program, Ohio State University
  87. Mary Stone Hanley, George Mason University
  88. Joseph C. Wegwert, Northern Arizona University
  89. Kurt Love, Assistant professor, Central Connecticut State University
  90. Christine Sleeter,Professor Emerita, California State University Monterey Bay
  91. Nina Asher, Professor and Chair, Dept of Curriculum & Instruction College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
  92. Robin Parent, Utah State University
  93. Mara sapon-Shevin, Syracuse University
  94. Concepcion M. Valadez, Head, Division of Urban Schooling, Department of Education, UCLA
  95. Robert A. Wiggins, Professor, Teacher Development and Educational Studies, Oakland University
  96. Natalie Adams, The University of Alabama
  97. Allan Luke, Professor of Education, Faculty of Education, Queensland University of Technology (Australia)
  98. Susan Finley, Associate Professor, Chair, Masters In Teaching / Director, Home At School (AHAS), Washington State University Vancouver
  99. Margaret Macintyre Latta, Teaching, Learning, & Teacher Education, College of Education & Human Sciences, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
100.Melissa Sherfinski, West Virginia University
101.Thomas Patrick Huston, Indiana University
102.Sheila Macrine, Umass Dartmouth
103.Steven Athanases, University of California, Davis
104.Francine Peterman, Dean of Education, Queens College, CUNY
105.Paul Chamness Miller, Associate Professor of Secondary Education, Purdue University North Central
106.Jackie Wiggins, Professor of Music Education, Oakland University
107.Mirka Koro-Ljungberg, Associate professor, University of Florida
108.Sandra B Billings, Assistant Clinical Professor, Neag School of Education, University ofConnecticut
109.Stuart Greene, Department of English, Center for Social Concerns, Institute for Educational Initiatives, University of Notre Dame
110.Jung Kim, Lewis University
111.Laura Azzarito, Associate Professor, Teachers College, Columbia University
112.Joanne L. Gartner, Director of Curriculum and Assessment, LA College International
113.Judith Green, University of California, Santa Barbara
114.Scott Fletcher, Dean, Graduate School of Education and Counseling, Lewis & Clark College
115.Adam Howard, Colby College
116.V. Ashley Weech, University of Cincinnati
117.Brian S Collier, University of Notre Dame
118.Nicholas D. Hartlep, The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
119.Michael Czech, Georgia Southern University
120.Angela Gonzalez, University of Texas
121.joan.Osa Oviawe, Washington State University, Co-founder, Grace Foundation (Nigeria)
122.B. Stephen Carpenter, II, Professor, Penn State University
123.Teresa Sou-Kuan VONG, Faculty of Education, University of Macau (China)
124.Jatila van der Veen, University of California Santa Barbara / Education/Outreach Coordinator for the NASA Collaborators on the International Planck Mission
125.Dave Powell, Assistant Professor of Education, Gettysburg College
126.Ramón Antonio Martínez, Assistant Professor, Department of Curriculum andInstruction, University of Texas at Austin
127.Suzanne de Castell, Professor, Simon Fraser University
128.Susan Matoba Adler, Professor, University of Hawaii West Oahu
129.Ulf P. Lundgren, Professor emeritus, Uppsala University (Sweden)
130.Michelle Reidel, Associate Professor of Social Studies Education, Georgia Southern University
131.Wade Tillett, Finlandia University
132.Adrienne Dixson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
133.Eric DeMeulenaere, Assistant Professor of Urban Education at Clark University
134.Sharon Subreenduth, School of Teaching and Learning, College of Education and Human Development Bowling Green State University
135.Carl Leggo, University of British Columbia (Canada)
136.Jeong-eun Rhee, Associate Professor, Curriculum and Instruction, Long Island University
137.Regina Sievert, The Indigenous Math and Science Institute, Salish Kootenai College
138.Craig A. Cunningham, Educational Foundations, Technology, and Inquiry, National College of Education at National Louis University
139.David Flinders, Indiana University, Bloomington
140.Katy Swalwell, Assistant Professor, College of Education & Human Development, George Mason University
141.John Elliott, Emeritus Professor of Education, University of East Anglia (UK)
142.Bruce Marlowe, Professor of Educational Psychology and Special Education, Roger Williams University
143.Arnold Dodge, Chair, Department of Educational Leadership and Administration, Long Island University
144.Richard Williams, Clark Atlanta University
145.Sonja Varbelow, University of Texas at Brownsville
146.Kerri Ullucci, Assistant Professor of Urban Education/Literacy, School of Education, Roger Williams University
147.Alan Canestrari, Professor of Education, Roger Williams University
148.Anna Marie A. Bonafide, Curriculum Content Specialist, Ravena-Coeymans- SelkirkSenior High School
149.Anaida Colon-Muniz, Coordinator, Elementary/Bilingual Multicultural Education, Co-Director of International Initiatives, Chapman University
150.Minoru Sawada, Associate Professor, Faculty of Human Sciences, Sophia University (Japan)
151.Koji Kato, Professor Emeritus of Education, Sophia University (Japan)
152.Jim Burns, Assistant Professor, South Dakota State University
153.Stefan T Hopmann, University of Vienna / General Editor Journal of Curriculum Studies (Austria)
154.Kentaro Ohkura, Associate Professor, St. Margaret's Jr. College (Japan)
155.Antonia Darder, Leavey Presidential Endowed Chair of Ethics & Moral Leadership, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles
156.Valerie J. Janesick, Professor, University of South Florida, Department of Educational leadership & Policy Studies
157.Kysa Nygreen, Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
158.Barbara Madeloni, University of Massachusetts Amherst
159.Mark Scanlon-Greene, Faculty/Associate Dean, School of Educational Leadership and Change, Fielding Graduate University
160.Mi Ok Kang, Utah Valley University
161.Matthew Knoester, University of Evansville
162.Matthew X. Curinga, Assistant Professor & Director, Program in Educational Technology, Adelphi University
163.Jennifer deCoste, Associate Vice President, Institutional Diversity Initiatives, Clarkson University
164.Larry D. Burton, Professor & Director of Curriculum & Instruction, Andrews University
165.Ann G. Winfield, Associate Professor, Roger Williams University
166.Elizabeth Alford Pollock, Instructor, Georgia Southern University
167.Barbara Comber, Faculty of Education, Queensland University of Technology(Australia)
168.Teresa L. McCarty, AW Snell Professor of Education Policy Studies and Applied Linguistics / Co-director, Center for Indian Education, Arizona State University
169.M.A. Lucas-Green
170.Encarna Rodriguez, Associate Professor, Saint Joseph's University
171.Deborah V. Blair, Oakland University
172.M. Francyne Huckaby, Associate Professor, Texas Christian University College of Education
173.Harvey Siegel, Professor of Philosophy, University of Miami
174.Brenda S. Engel
175.J. Amos Hatch, University of Tennessee
176.Teresa M. Woods, Kansas State University
177.Hongyu Wang, Oklahoma State University-Tulsa
178.Bill Pinar, University of British Columbia
179.Cole Reilly, Assistant Professor, Towson University
180.Todd Alan Price, National Louis University-Wheeling
181.Terrie Epstein, Professor of Education, Hunter College
182.Mary Harris, University of North Texas
183.Eric Gidseg, SUNY New Paltz
184.Virginia Lea, University of Wisconsin – Stout
185.Rick Voithofor, Ohio State University
186.Lindsay Hetherington,Graduate School of Education, University of Exeter (UK)
187.William Doll, Emeritus Professor, Louisiana State University
188.Nancy Carlsson-Paige, Lesley University
189.Diane Levin, Professor, Wheelock College
190.Joeritta de Almeida, Wheelock College
191.Debbie Samuels-Peretz, Wheelock College
192.Ellie Friedland, Associate Professor, Early Childhood Education, Wheelock College
193.William Reynolds, Georgia Southern University
194.Ruth Powers Silverberg, Education Department, College of Staten Island, CUNY
195. Mette Adams

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Daiyu Suzuki & Andrew Shurtleff
Co-founders, Edu4