Read his tale, recognize his truth, feel his strength, and know his heart
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A teacher standing up for his students,
In this age of high stakes assessment where children are reduced to test scores,
This age where America's children are sorted into tidy little boxes of:
At Proficiency, or
In this age where the "corporate bullies" they make profits from our children, and their data,
Where teachers must be silent,
Mr. Gus Morales stood up,
Mr. Gus Morales spoke up.
In this age of high stakes testing where apathy and silence rules,
Gus Morales fights for our children, our schools, and our communities,
Mr. Gus Morales is unafraid,
Speaks truth to power,
Stands taller than the rest.
Mr. Gus Morales a teacher of teachers speaks for the powerless,
Speaks for the hopeless,
Speaks for the disenfranchised,
Speaks for our teachers and
Stands strong for our public schools.
What it means to defend students, and
What it means to defend our public schools.
This ten miles is all for Mr. Morales our hero,
Our beacon of honor,
Our sword of truth,
Our noble knight standing at the gate challenging all who dare to crush the dreams and hopes of our children.
This ten is for you Gus,
This ten is yours my brother,
This ten is for our role model of what teachers should be.
This ten is for our role model of what union leadership should be.
This ten is for a son of Cesar Chevez’s “The future is ours”
Sincerely another son of Chevez,
Yesterday at the Clear Water Festival I saw Gus Morales's letter of non-renewal online, yesterday I read the words of oppression trying to strike fear in every teacher across America. Yesterday I recognized greatness, recognized real power, recognized what a hero really is, yesterday I walked ten miles for Mr. Gus Morales a teacher's hero. If you want to know what this walking man listened to on his walk yesterday it was Enrique Iglesias's "Hero"