Jesse Hagopian

Jesse Hagopian

Jesse Hagopian teaches history and is the Black Student Union adviser at Garfield High School, the site of the historic boycott of the MAP standardized test.  Jesse is the editor and contributing author to, More Than a Score: The New Uprising Against High-Stakes Testing (Haymarket Books, 2014). Jesse is an editor for Rethinking Schools magazine, a founding member of Social Equality Educators (SEE), and recipient of the 2013 “Secondary School Teacher of Year” award from the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences. Follow Jesse on his blog at www.iamaneducator.com or on Twitter: @jessedhagopian

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Michelle Randolph, who teaches fourth grade in a school with a majority of Black and immigrant students in Jefferson County, Kentucky, lives in the neighborhood and shops at the Kroger that was targeted. (Photo: Screenshot) Views
Monday, November 19, 2018
A Climate of Racism Took Two Lives at My Kroger
In October, two Black grandparents were gunned down by a white supremacist in a Kroger supermarket in Louisville, Kentucky, sending shock waves through the Black community. The shooter was recorded on surveillance video trying to get into a predominately Black church just before the killing...
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"A mighty movement of parents, students, and teachers has risen up to boycott and opt out of these tests as a way to reclaim public education and fight for authentic forms of assessment." (Photo: AP/file) Views
Monday, May 07, 2018
Teachers and Parents of Puerto Rico Launch Historic Strike & Boycott Against Standardized Testing
Today, my third grade son is supposed to take the Common Core high-stakes test, “Smarter Balanced,” at his school here in Seattle. He decided, however, that he would rather do a research project about a leader who has helped to make the world better. So my wife and I are writing the opt out letter...
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"Uncomfortable will teach you that if you have truth on your mind, you can go ahead and just say it, unfiltered." (Photo: Michael Bennet/Twitter) Views
Wednesday, April 04, 2018
"Things That Make White People Uncomfortable": Michael Bennett's Essential New Book
Today, my good friend Michael Bennett, former Seattle Seahawk and current Philadelphia Eagle, releases his new book, " Things That Make White People Uncomfortable "—the memoir/manifesto that he wrote with my other dear friend Dave Zirin. I am going to assume my position as a teacher here and...
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Friday, March 02, 2018
#ArmMeWith Solidarity Against the NRA and Militarizing Our Schools
"Dear Congress, who will die next because of your lack of action? Who will you murder next? Because your lack of action is causing people to die. The next person who dies because of an AR-15 will be on you!" —Sheryl Acquaroli, survivor of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting,...
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Tuesday, February 06, 2018
#BlackLivesMatterAtSchool is a National Uprising for Racial Justice
Educators in America know all too well that the school-to-prison pipeline is not just a political catchphrase. Those who work with students of color know this pipeline is as real as any other. “It extends across this country,” says Seattle educator, attorney, and organizer Nikkita Oliver. This is...
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"This is why Trump’s decision to end the Temporary Protected Status for the Haitian refuges in the U.S. who fled after the earthquake isn’t only mean—it will actually be a death sentence for many." (Photo: Screenshot) Views
Friday, January 12, 2018
Trump, “Shitholes,” and White Supremacy: Building Resistance on 8th Anniversary of the Haiti Earthquake my Family and I Survived.
Eight years ago today, my family and I survived the earthquake in Haiti. I had been laid off from my teaching job that year in the wake of the great recession and so I had joined my wife, with our one-year-old son, on her work trip to Haiti where she was conducting trainings on HIV. In the...
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Public education supporters have been protesting Betsy DeVos since her nomination as Secretary of Education. Views
Friday, October 13, 2017
Seattle Teacher: Dear Betsy DeVos, You’re Not Welcome Here
My name is Jesse Hagopian and I teach ethnic studies at Seattle’s Garfield High School. I hope you didn’t just stop reading this letter after you heard the subject I am teaching—I urge you to keep reading. I am writing in regards to the Washington Policy Center’s $350-a-person fundraising dinner...
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Tuesday, April 11, 2017
The Story Behind the Meme Mocking Pepsi’s Attempts to Brand Rebellion
On April 5, I woke up to find out I was a meme gone viral . "Yo Kendall, im gonna need you to come through with a pepsi, these cops are wildin" pic.twitter.com/dOpKnTq8LU — Kim Jong Tun (@ignant_) April 5, 2017 The hilarious meme by @ignant_ was in reference to the shameful ad that Pepsi produced —...
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Friday, October 21, 2016
What We Don’t Learn About the Black Panther Party—But Should
Fifty years ago this month, the Black Panther Party was born. Its history holds vital lessons for today’s movement to confront racism and police violence, yet textbooks either misrepresent or minimize the significance of the Black Panthers. The first issue of the Black Panther newspaper, which at...
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Saturday, April 02, 2016
More Than A Score TEDx Talk: Join the Uprising Against High-Stakes Testing
The promise of spring should fill us with delight, but this season is marked with dread and tedium for millions of students around the nation who are entering high-stakes testing season. Hours upon hours will be wasted eliminating wrong answer choices instead of engaging in critical thinking. Hours...
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