As we begin 2021, we find it necessary to clarify what #DisruptTexts is—and is not.
As our mission statement says, #DisruptTexts is “a crowdsourced, grassroots effort by teachers for teachers to challenge the traditional canon in order to create a more inclusive, representative, and equitable language arts curriculum that our students deserve.” We believe that education, and literacy in particular, can be transformative. Through a more equitable curriculum and antiracist pedagogy, we believe that we can effect a more just world. All students deserve an education that is inclusive of the rich diversity of the human experience. They deserve one that introduces them to and affirms the voices both inside and outside their individual lives.
#DisruptTexts is led by four women educators of color who understand that liberatory work must be collective work. #DisruptTexts is based on decades of instructional expertise and rooted in the research of antiracist scholars, especially educators of color, who have come before us.
With more than 65 years of collective teaching experience, we are not distant from the reality facing schools, students, teachers, and families. Professionally, we work with teachers across the nation and abroad; personally, we are mothers and active citizens of our communities.
While we lead and organize this movement, #DisruptTexts is fueled by the hundreds of educators and co-conspirators who make up our community. We are grateful for and stand in solidarity with them.
The response to #DisruptTexts has been overwhelmingly positive, as teachers and schools have recognized their role in either maintaining or disrupting racism. That said, our work has also been met with pushback. We are open to critical and productive conversations, but we also find it necessary to address some common, and perhaps willful, misconceptions. (We have also added the following to our Mission page.)
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