I find myself thinking, how is the funding for testing endless. While funding for services for Black, Brown, poor and special needs children is always the first to be cut when states cry poverty.
I find myself wondering, how can Ed Reformers force poor schools to compete against each other without equitable resources? While at the same time states give billions to Charter Schools and Magnet Schools to compete against Black, Brown, and Poor public schools? Choice without equity has always been the wrong choice.
I find myself wondering, how our schools are re-segregating faster 62 years after Brown v The Broad of Education? Why everyone is not in the streets demanding we will not go back?
I find myself wondering why are so many of my brothers and sisters not defending these last ditches of the right to learn?
We the last ditch defenders are gathering to defend the right to learn in Washington DC at the Lincoln Memorial July 8. http://saveourschoolsmarch.org/2016/03/sos-coalition-event-lincoln-memorial/#prettyPhoto%5Bgallery17984%5D/0/
President John Adams wrote about public education to John Jebb in 1785: “The whole people must take upon themselves the education of the whole people and be willing to bear the expenses of it. There should not be a district of one mile square, without a school in it, not founded by a charitable individual, but maintained at the public expense of the people themselves.”
“Learn to do good.
Help the oppressed.
Defend the cause of orphans.
Fight for the rights of widows.”
Sometimes I find myself imagining, what if everyone learned to good, seek justice, help the oppressed, defended the cause of orphans, and fought for the rights of widows? Come that day the Prison to School Pipeline falls, the era of Test and Punish ends, equity and justice become the only standard for public education in America. On that day
Come join us ditch defenders of the right to learn in DC this July 8,
Jesse The Walking Man Turner