Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Join teachers, students and community organizers from BOSTON at the SAVE OUR SCHOOLS RALLY

Join teachers, students and community organizers from BOSTON at the SAVE OUR SCHOOLS RALLY Saturday July 30 in Washington DC. Carpools and public buses are being organized so that folks from Boston can travel together. Departing on late Friday night/early Saturday morning from Boston and arriving in DC early Saturday morning. Departing from DC late Saturday night and arriving back in Boston early Sunday morning. Please Contact Amirah at 917-414-1946 or ateacherteacher@gmail.com by early Thursday July 28 if you are interested in going.

The Save Our Schools March is being held in response to recent destructive “reform” efforts which have undermined our public educational system, demoralized teachers, and reduced the education of too many of our children to nothing more than test preparation. Something must be done – and it must be done now!

The Save Our Schools March and National Call to Action is calling on Americans everywhere to demand:

  • Equitable funding for all public school communities
  • An end to high stakes testing for student, teacher, and school evaluation
  • Curriculum developed for and by local school communities
  • Teacher and community leadership in forming public education policies
This is what Jonathan Kozol, author and civil rights activist, said about why he is planning to march to save our schools:

I'll be in Washington for S.O.S. because I'm sick of begging members of the Senate, even those among them who have been my friends for years, to move two inches in the right direction. I'm tired of complaining. And I'm too old to bite my tongue and mute my words out of politeness and respectfulness for politicians who tell me in private that they share my views about the practices and policies that demean our teachers and threaten the survival of our public schools, but then refuse to stand up and denounce these policies in public.

I think, like many of my oldest friends and youngest allies who will be at S.O.S., it's time for us to get up off our knees in front of this enormous juggernaut and stop bargaining for crumbs. I've begun to see a movement of resistance growing now for several years. I've seen courageous teachers speaking up and reaching out to others. And I've seen the tide of activism start to rise, and surge, among our students and the parents of those students.

I think a moment of critical energy has suddenly emerged. But moments like this come and go unless we seize them at their height.