This blog welcomes readers who believe that No Child Left Behind and Race To The Top, and Every Student Succeeds Act are misguided educational reform policies that rely too heavily on standardized test scores that are too focused on punitive measures against local schools. This is also the diary of Jesse Turner's 2010/15 walks to Washington DC from Connecticut, and his occupation of the DOE in DC with United Opt Out, and his opposition to public school choice policies without equity.
I am inspired by this image of Sisters Ceresta Smith and Morna McDemott walking across the Edmund Pettus Bridge. This bridge is sacred ground in the Civil Rights movement. That bridge where Civil Rights marchers dared to march across a bridge for the right to vote. That sacred place where marchers were met with force, violence, and death on a Sunday. In Civil Rights history it is recorded as Sunday Bloody Sunday. That bridge where marchers have celebrated that march for 49 years. Ceresta and Morna are walking across that bridge to join the marchers. My heroes have always been marchers. We are on the march again readers. Listen well for the drum as we come your way.
Good morning readers, I walked up the Avon Mountain in
Connecticut this morning. It's about a two hour walk, and it is a bit chilly in the morning, but once you reach the top the sun is up, and you can't help feeling warm and inspired. I greeted the sun in prayer, and I found myself more
determined, more committed, with a heart full of grace ready to fight for
America's children, parents, teachers, and public schools. Dr. Martin Luther
can be great because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree
to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only
need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love. “
Save Our Schools
is going back to our nation's capital to tell it on the mountain one more time.
We will ring it out loud and clear; our children are more than test scores. I am on their National Steering Committee, and
SOS has decided to put it all on the table. To go to the mountain one more
time. We are going to hold a Save Our Schools “Education Convention: A People’s
Policy and Activism Summit. Democracy is
a series of actions. Democracy is something more than political parties, more
than elections; democracy is rooted in a people willing to act. Is that not the
dream our founding fathers hoped for when they stood against a mad king, and
the world's most powerful nation the British Empire? Their dream was of a people acting together
standing up to tyrants, and fighting for what is right, and just, and we follow
in their footsteps.
Secretary Status Quo Duncan the Walking Man and his friends are coming back to
DC. We are on a mission to take back our schools from those NCLB/RTTT
moneychangers. We are on a mission, and we can and are taking back our public
schools. You don't stand a chance Secretary Duncan.
You don’t stand
a chance Hedge Fund Billionaires.
You don’t stand
a chance ALEC.
You don’t stand a chance you Pearson’s Common Core believers.
You don’t stand a chance you data managers.
The people are
Now no one said
the right to do is easy, on the contrary the right to do is never easy. It
means rejecting silence, it means rejecting apathy, it means marching when
everyone else falls.
We rise today
ready to serve. We have great work to do, and America's children, parents, and
teachers have placed their faith in people willing to do the right thing in the
face of incredible odds. Trust the Walking Man when he tells you many have
placed their faith in us. There is not a day that goes by without some parent,
or some teacher saying thank you, and their thank you(s) are always about the work
and hope that will make our schools more than testing factories. So the mission remains we are going to make
history in DC this summer, and we are going to save our schools, because it is
the right thing to do, and we will do so with hearts full of grace and love.
People I will need your help in this struggle in the coming months. I have
placed my faith in a group of people that have always said walk Walking Man
walk for our schools, walk for children, parents, and teachers. So listen for
the sound of the drum, Children Are More Than Test Scores and Opt Out are on the march to DC
with Save Our Schools.
Dedicated to Sisters Ceresta and Morna my fellow marchers on the road to DC.