"Our public schools need to be in the control of parents and the community, as opposed to businessmen who see the $23 billion budget as a means to giving no-bid contracts to their cronies." — Charles Barron (Brooklyn City Councilman)
The Grassroots Education Movement and Real Reform Studios — the folks that brought us The Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting for Superman — have produced a short video examining the education aspect of the battle against the 1%.
Additionally, Valerie Strauss chronicles how many activists are also seeking to associate the opt-out of high stakes testing movement with the occupy movements. Strauss' story discusses United Opt Out National and lists their demands. This is the same group Schools Matter introduced earlier this week.
"A child's learning is the function more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher." James Coleman, 1972
. . .a pupil attitude factor, which appears to have a stronger relationship to achievement than do all the “school” factors together, is the extent to which an individual feels that he has some control over his own destiny. James Coleman, 1966
Sunday, October 16, 2011
GEM NYC: Teachers and Parents at Occupy Wall Street
at 12:04 PM
Labels: GEM, ITBWFS, neoliberalism, Occupy, opt-out, privatization, rdsathene, resistance, Valerie Strauss
Robert D. Skeels is a social justice writer, public education advocate, and immigrant rights activist. He lives, works, writes, and organizes in Los Angeles with his wife and cats. Robert holds a BA in Classical Civilization from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), and is currently a law student at Peoples College of Law (PCL). A US Navy Veteran, he is a proud member of Veterans for Peace. A student of Liberation Theology and Paulo Freire's work, Robert devotes much time towards volunteer work for 12 step, church, homeless advocacy, and grassroots groups. Robert's articles and essays appear in publications including Schools Matter, CounterPunch, Dissident Voice, Daily Censored, Echo Park Patch, K12NN, LA Progressive, and The Los Angeles Daily News. In 2013 Robert ran for the LAUSD School Board against a billionaire funded corporate reform candidate, finishing second in a field of five, with over 5,200 votes.