Rutgers professor lays out a path forward following Capitol attack

For Nikol Alexander-Floyd, the events at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 have highlighted the significance of education.

“Many people, at a very basic level, could not read the signs of [President Donald Trump’s] treachery because they did not understand how our election system works,” writes Alexander-Floyd, an associate professor of political science at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, for AFT Voices.

In her Feb. 17 post, she adds, “Now, more than ever, we need education for critical thinking, and for character development, and not just to sustain a living. And, we need education — K-12 and for college and trades — that is free. It’s that important as a public good.”

Alexander-Floyd, an executive council member of Rutgers AAUP-AFT (Local 6323), goes on to say that accountability “needs to be the word of the day and the organizing that people are doing — for education, for better wages and working conditions, for a better future — is more critical than ever.”

Read her full column here.