Dr. James Miller has graciously given Jesse The Walking Man an hour to host his show.
Special One Hour July 3, 2016 6 to 7:PM radio show. Jesse The Walking Man Turner "Get On The Bus"
Edition of "The War Report on Public Education. Link for the show https://bbsradio.com/thewarreport
Never in the history of public education have public school children had to endure a decade and half of education reforms that have dramatically failed them at every level. Never has the data pointing to these reforms as failures been so dramatically clear. Never before has an education reform policy crippled and left large urban and poor rural public schools in chaos. For 15 years test and punish and competition policies have crushed working class children, and those living in poverty. Current public education policies have left children of color and poor children behind. Why it's profitable for market based education entities. Such as Charter schools and testing companies.
What did forcing the public schools of largely Black, Brown and poor to compete for resources achieved?
The greatest inequity every seen since Plessy v Ferguson (1896).
The greatest racial isolations since before Brown v the Board of Education.
At every level these market based reforms have failed Black, Brown, Immigrant, and Poor children, their parents, teachers, and their local public schools. Never before have children at any level had to endure teach to the test education using testing standards meant to fail 60-70 percent of them.
WHY are our elected officials and policy wonks staying the course?
Because education reformers who are part of the movement to privatize public education contribute mass amounts of money to candidates in both parties.
In other word our children are pawns for the BEST Government MONEY can buy.
We get it Walking Man. Who is on the "Get On The Bus" show?
Four in your face education warriors who have always fought for equity and justice in our public for all children. Four "On the Bus "Peoples March for Public Education and Social Justice" Leaders.
1. The mighty Jamaal Bowman is the founding principal of Cornerstone Academy for Social Action Middle School located in the Eastchester section of the Bronx New York. He is a passionate activist for social justice. He is often referred to as the Bronx's most loved Bronx Principal, and passionate advocate for Public School children, parents and teachers. Principal Cornerstone Academy for Social Action Middle School is not a Charter, not a Magnet, but a regular NYC Public School leading the way for others. Jamaal always leads with our work with children must be led with love. Here is the link for Principal Bowman rock the house opening keynote at New York 2015 "Call to Educational Justice Conference. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bz8GgrScqjc
2. The Teacher's Teacher: Gus Morales: After serving America in the military Mr. Morales began his teaching career as an English teacher at Maurice A. Donahue School. Just as he stood strong with his fellow soldiers he stood by his fellow teachers. By the start of his third year in Holyoke, Morales began criticizing educational reforms in the district, from data walls to the level of testing in the classroom. He stood up during his tenure year. The year we tell every new teacher stay low, be silent, and do what you are told. As an outspoken member of the Holyoke Teachers' Association, he was named president-elect of the teacher's union in the spring of 2014. A month later, his contract with the district was non-renewed just before the end of his third year. Districts are not required by law to give teachers a reason for non-renewal when he or she lacks professional status. Morales claimed it was retaliation for his union activity. All you need to really know about Gus Morales is: he has never stopped serving his nation, and he will never be silent in the face of abuse of children, parents and his fellow teachers. Gus Morales is a teacher's teacher. TEDX "The Educratic Oath http://tedxtalks.ted.com/video/The-Educratic-Oath-Gus-Morales
3. The Truth to Power voice Ruth Rodriquez is one of the Administrators for United Opt Out. She served on served on the Save Our Schools March National Committee. She is a well traveled social justice activist that like that Johnny Cash "I Been Everywhere Man" song. She goes wherever the fight is against inequity and injustice in our public schools. She is a past President of Boston's Citizens for Public Schools. She served on Governor Deval Patrick Readiness Project with the MCAS/Assessment subcommittee. When the Governor called Massachusetts educators together to celebrate his high stakes testing plan Ruth grab the microphone, and challenge him and everyone else in the room: Dear Governor Patrick, I thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve on your Readiness Project with the MCAS/Assessment subcommittee. I’m saddened that you did not accept our recommendation and have decided to continue the MCAS punish-style measures. But I challenge anyone in this room, including you, governor to immerse yourselves for one year in Spanish, and then take the MCAS in Spanish, for that is exactly what you are asking English language learners to do.” Link to her CPS presidential address http://www.citizensforpublicschools.org/editions-of-the-backpack/special-backpack-issue-fall-conference/countering-the-attacks-on-public-education/
Almost forgot your Special Host for the War on Public Education Jesse The Walking Man Turner
Jesse The Walking Man Turner: Dr. Jesse Turner is the Director of the Literacy Center at Central Connecticut State University where he teaches advanced clinical graduate courses for literacy specialists. As part of the community engagement mission, the Literacy Center provides tutoring by certified teachers, free of charge to local children every year. Jesse works closely on a daily basis with children, parents, and their teachers. He is an activist and advocate for public school here in the USA. He has spoken to audiences across the nation about the problems created by the No Child Left Behind Act, (NCLB) since 2002. Dr. Turner is opponent of Race To The Top, (RTTT) policy, Every Child Succeeds Act (ESSA), and has publicly attacked it policies as being harmful to communities of color, the poor, and special needs children. As long as the only data that matters are test scores than our children lose. It does not matter if the Federal Government or our states control the testing hammers. Children are more than test scores, and any education policy that reduces them to test steals their humanity from them.
In 2015 Jesse walked once again to Washington D.C. to protest public education polices that actually increased inequity in public schools. He has written numerous articles, Chapters, on assessment, and is an Associate Editor for the New England Reading Association Journal. His work includes advocating for children, parents and teachers, chairing conferences, writing grants, and organizing community based projects. Dr. Turner is a member of the NAACP and of Moral Mondays Connecticut.
It is simple to me testing and choice without equity is not only the wrong choice. It is an immoral choice. A moral people can never be indifference people.
Now some people wear blinders of indifference, they only see their small world, their small space, and yet they wonder why injustice strives. Pastor Martin Niemöller poem about the indifference of a nation during the rise of the Nazis warns us against wearing the blinders of indifference.
When the Nazis came for the communists,
I remained silent;
I was not a communist.
When they locked up the social democrats,
I remained silent;
I was not a social democrat.
When they came for the trade unionists,
I did not speak out;
I was not a trade unionist.
When they came for the Jews,
I remained silent;
I wasn't a Jew.
When they came for me,
there was no one left to speak out.
The guests for our first hour are four of the courageous teachers from North Carolina who were arrested for protesting the draconian policies in their schools. Our guests are Anca Stefan , Alexa Goff, Dawn Amy Wilson, and Lisa McCool-Grime They will tell us why they marched to the state capital, how they were treated by the Governor of NC, and what has happened since their arrest.
If you like to listen to the song I am listening to today preparing for next week's Peoples March for Public Education its.. Andra Day's "Rise Up" http://yhoo.it/298gZxL