The privatizers don't need you. They have a herd of billionaires in their fold. We need you. Please help us transform our public schools into the great instrument of democracy and social justice that they must be.
Whether you see your foe as a coalition like ALEC, or a democratic mayor, a republican governor, a major foundation, a hedge fund, or public apathy and disengagement, it's safe to say that public school defenders need an all-of-the-above approach.
All children deserve great, stable schools. When charter schools are allowed to open up shop with little consideration for other public schools and the surrounding community, all some children get is disruption.
Learning plans and lesson plans that compel kids to voice their values are a start. In response, many students will talk
Build a bigger tent. More public sector educators must be at the table, and this project is well-positioned to help bridge
We have districts that are looking at structural changes based not on what's best for the students or even what works best with the available physical plants. They are looking at structural changes primarily based on what will have the best effect on their test-based accountability measures.
When schools and communities focus resources and efforts on closing the opportunity gaps, they should be recognized, supported and applauded. They should also serve as models for those who wish to engage in true school improvement.
Elementary school has fallen and shattered over our ten-year-old's mind. It has suffocated his love for learning, piled over his kindness and trust, and eroded his childhood. Today, five years after he started kindergarten, my son, my husband and I crawl about, attempting to gather and paste the pieces of school together.
Downtown Newark is only 12 miles from lower Manhattan, but there are days when the distance seems much greater. While New York grapples with gentrification and globalization, Newark struggles -- with some signs of success -- to revive its economy.
If we see organizing as "citizen politics," the practices of diverse people negotiating differences, working together for some common good, and developing political skills in the process, it can be taken into professions, schools, colleges -- and also electoral politics and government.
"Not having to participate in this complicated system is really a privilege."
Manning's current work on The Odyssey Project film grows out of the belief that relying on that "sophisticated machine" of mainstream media to tell the truth about incarcerated young men of color would be an exercise in futility.