PhD Student, Educational Policy Studies and Curriculum and Instruction
in Madison, WI
Eleni Schirmer is currently a PhD student in Educational Policy Studies and Curriculum and Instruction. She serves as co-president of the Teaching Assistants’ Association, UW-Madison’s graduate employee union. A Madison native, Schirmer’s own public school experiences sparked tough questions about public schools and their capacity to both reproduce or challenge social inequalities. In her doctoral program, she studies how social movements impact public education. She is currently working on a project looking at the ways that civil rights activism has influenced teachers’ unions. Her writing has appeared in Jacobin, The Progressive, LaborNotes and Education Review. In her free time, Schirmer likes to daydream about doing nothing, and learning foreign languages.
Learning to Fail Better
BY ELENI SCHIRMER
@ VOL 13
ON APR 30, 2015
Co-president of the UW-Madison Teaching Assistants’ Association, Eleni Schirmer talks about insights gained from mistakes made in a recent political showdown in the Wisconsin capitol. She shares how the situation sparked tough questions about how to challenge and overcome social inequalities and how social movements impact public education.