Teachers & Education

  • 7.2 Margaret Haley, “Why Teachers Should Organize” 1904  *An excerpted speech given by teacher union leader Margaret Haley to the general assembly of the National Education Association in 1904. It was also published in the Journal of Education.
  • 8.2 Blank Pay Days, 1933  *This document is excerpted from an article written by a Chicago school teacher about how the Great Depression was affecting her work and personal life; published 1933 in The Saturday Evening Post.
  • 8.3 Spasmodic Diary of a Chicago School Teacher, 1933  *An excerpt from a published selection of a diary that belonged to an anonymous Chicago public school teacher, which was published in The Atlantic Monthly in November 1933.
  • 9.1 Triumph of the Paraprofessionals, August 22, 1970  *This opinion piece by civil rights organizer Bayard Rustin celebrates the signing of the first union contract for paraprofessional educators — community-based classroom and school support staff, nearly all of them black and Hispanic women — in New York City. It was published in the New York Amsterdam News, the city’s largest black-owned newspaper, in 1970.