Tom Kertes is a public-school teacher and an independent scholar in the philosophy and practice of education. His scholarship focuses on critical theories of education and colonialism.
Tom’s research explores ideas and processes for supporting students’ expansion of power through the praxis of respect, or the expansion of human power through co-recognition of dignity and reflective-action. The development of this research is aimed at undermining all systems of dehumanization, marginalization, and oppression. This includes ending poverty and overcoming colonialism, racism, sexism, and ableism.
Tom is an immigrant-settler teacher at Prince Rupert Middle School, in the territory of the Ts’msyen, and he works with students who are majority Ts’msyen, Haida, Nisga’a, Gitxsan, or of another coastal or inland First Nation.
Tom was born in Ellensburg, WA, the territory of the Kittitas. His ancestors are Irish, German, Hungarian, and English. He immigrated to Canada from the United States in 2007, in response to the increasing human rights violations of the American government – including the illegal invasion of Iraq and the torture of Iraqis by American forces.
Tom currently lives in Prince Rupert in northern British Columbia with his husband Ron. They immigrated to Canada together, were married in Toronto on their tenth anniversary, and are now both dual citizens of Canada and the United States.
Tom is a founding organizer of the Critical Education Project.
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