"A child's learning is the function more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher." James Coleman, 1972

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

OCCUPY Public Schools

From Peg Robertson:

Teach at Your Occupy Movement Today. End Wall Street Occupation of Public Schools.

I have never been so excited to teach a class in my life.  I head down to Occupy Denver tomorrow  - class starting at 1:30 p.m. – to begin to share information on how to end Wall Street Occupation of our public schools.

I don’t have to use a scripted text.

I don’t have to watch and see if someone walking by is monitoring me – you know – to see if I’m focusing on the test prep skills. 

And guess what??? I don’t have to feed the learners a test!!!  No bubble sheets!!!!! How lucky am I?

Better yet – members of Occupy Denver have been provided food, shelter and resources to allow them to thrive, grow and learn – unlike the children in our country – 23% living in poverty – who have only been fed tests.

And you ask…how will I know if they learned anything?  

I think what I’ll do is let everyone talk, ask questions and discuss.  I'm going to listen carefully and determine how to best support them in moving forward with their newly acquired learning.  I will also know what they learned based on the actions they take – you heard me right corporate ed. reformers – ACTIONS.  Occupy Denver knows how to organize, collaborate and act.  They are amazing people.  I found that out last Saturday when I had the honor to participate in the march and rally. They have a goal.  End corporate greed and reclaim democracy.  And they are motivated, smart, and crazy innovative.  I’m in awe of them.

As I teach every Wednesday, I will continually add to and revise my curriculum (that I pulled together myself – sorry Pearson - you aren’t needed) based on the needs of my learners.  I know they are interested in learning how to end corporate greed within the public school system in order to provide an equal educational opportunity for ALL children. I am pulling together my resources from parents and educators who have diligently gathered research over the years – information that has been IGNORED – and I will share it all.  I am grinning from ear to ear.  I love Occupy Denver.  And I am so happy to teach freely – with innovation – with passion – and with love for my fellow Americans – once again.  Power to the students. Power to the teachers.  Teach at your Occupy Movement today. Free yourself from the chains of corporate education reform.

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