Frustrated Educators Aim to Build Grassroots Movement a must read for from Education Week:
Children, parents, and teachers are declaring their independence from NCLB/RTTT this July 30 in Washington.
Spoken Word Poet Gil Scott-Heron informed America over 40-years ago:
"The revolution will not be televised, will not be televised,
will not be televised, will not be televised.
The revolution will be no re-run brothers;
The revolution will be live."
Let me say it will be live from DC this July 28-31. Revolution is an American right rooted in our nation's independence from the shackles of a Mad King George whose refused to listen to his people.
“But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security. --Such has been the patient sufferance of these colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former systems of government.” (1776, Declaration of Independence)
For over a decade now the DOE leadership in Washington used it's signature AYP accountability-testing system to push their top down NCLB/RTTT reform model on children, parents, teachers, and schools. After a decade of failed policy the man in the mirror is their policy and leadership not our schools.
This week even Arne" Please someone let Secretary Arne Duncan know he is the engineer driving this train wreck. The missing components in Arne Duncan’s reform policies are the voices of parents and teachers. We have tried, we have begged, and I even walked 400 miles in 40 days from Connecticut to DC last August protesting NCLC/RTTT policies.
For the future of our children, we demand:
- · Equitable funding across all public schools and school systems
- · Full public funding of family and community support services
- · Full funding for 21 century school and neighborhood libraries
- · An end to economically and racially re-segregated schools
- The use of multiple and varied assessments to evaluate students, teachers, and schools
- An end pay per test performance for teachers and administrators
- An end to public school closures based upon test performance
- Educator and civic community leadership in drafting new ESEA legislation
- Federal support for local school programs free of punitive and competitive funding
- An end to political and corporate control of curriculum, instruction and assessment decisions for teachers and administrators
- Support for teacher and student access to a wide-range of instructional programs and technologies
- Opportunities for multicultural/multilingual curriculum for all students
- Small class sizes that foster caring, democratic learning communities
Guess what I was listening to day as I reached my first hundred-miles marker?
It was all Spoken Word Poet and Musician Gil Scott-Heron "The Revolution will Not Be Televised". I could almost see him smiling down saying march on brother.