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Friday, July 22, 2016

I see hope in you

Hope does not divide us. Hope brings us together. Hope does not live in Congress, the Senate, the White House, or our Governor's mansions. Hope is not traded on Wall Street. Hope lives in the people. Hope grows with every handshake, every hug, and every helping hand. Every time I think hope is lost I turn to you. I find hope in the people.
The people who walk, get on the bus, the train, drive their cars to their jobs.
You know the jobs:
The jobs that keep our bridges, tunnels, and highways open,
The jobs that keep the trains running on time,
The jobs that save lives in our hospitals,
The jobs that put vegetables, fruits, and bread on our tables,
The jobs that keep our phone lines open,
The jobs that keeps the lights turned on,
The jobs that pack the trucks and deliver the goods to market,
The jobs that pure our coffee, pump the gas, and always say thank you,
The jobs that put the fires out,
The jobs that carry the sick and dying to our emergency rooms,
The jobs that pack the shelves with the goods we need to live our lives,
The jobs that clean our streets and highways,
The jobs that clean our clothes, our homes, and offices,
The jobs that fix our cars, our trucks, our buses, our trains, and washers and dyers,
The jobs that patch our roofs,
The jobs that build our homes,
The jobs that cook our meals,
The jobs that keep our streets safe,
The jobs that keep our schools running,
I see hope on the faces of the butcher, the baker, and the candle stick maker.
I see hope in you.


If you like to listen to the song that inspired my walk over the mountain today..its Dick Gaughan "The Workers' Song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WBMgauayxnU

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Ask the children!






You don't need a Ph.D to understand that education that is highly focused on standardized testing kills the motivation to learn in children.
You don't need a Ph.D to understand that 49 states spending more money on their wealthy schools than their poor schools is wrong.
You Don't need a Ph.D to understand that rigor, grit and no excuses education reforms dehumanize children.
You don't need a Ph.D to understand market-based education reforms have not succeeded making schools more child friendly.
You don't need a Ph.D to understand that Charter School lotteries have more losers than winners.
You don't need a Ph.D to understand that our political leaders are in the pockets of ed reform lobbies.

All you need to do is ask our children.
All you need to do is ask their parents.
All you need to do is ask their teachers.
Ask the children,
Dr. Jesse Patrick Turner
If you like to know what this walking man is listening to...its Barry Lane singing More Than A Number https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_Vf8cwTWRY

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

I'll keep on walking, talking and marching.

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Above is a little slide show from The Peoples March for Public Education and Social Justice 

For nine months I feared the Save Our Schools Coalition would not be able to pull off a march and a conference in DC. It kept me awake many nights, it was always on my mind. But, my bigger fear was doing nothing as legislators and policy makers passed ESSA. 
Since my first walk to DC in 2010 to protest NCLB. I found an endless alphabet education reform soup, (RTTT, CCSS, ESSA, and CBE) of destructive education reforms demoralizing and dehumanizing public education. 
What I loved about this year's march is that it brought racial justice, economic justice and public education together. 
Three days after, my fear is that Americans so rooted in silence and apathy will not wake up in time to save our public schools. Will not wake up in time to make justice for all the standard of our nation.
So I guess I'll keep on walking, keep on talking, and keep on marching,
Jesse The Walking Man Turner


If you like to hear the tune I listened to on my walk this morning...its Barry Lane singing Walking Man
https://barrylane.bandcamp.com/track/jesse-turner-the-walkin-man