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Teachers Signal 'War Cry' Against Corporate Reform


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Kit
- 626 days ago - commondreams.org
Teachers and education activists from near and far descended on the Department of Education in Washington D.C. this weekend to announce their "war cry" against the corporate-based school reform movement and its stranglehold on public education.



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Kit B. (276)
Sunday April 7, 2013, 2:15 pm
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Teachers and education activists from near and far descended on the Department of Education in Washington D.C. this weekend to announce their "war cry" against the corporate-based school reform movement and its stranglehold on public education.

rotesters at the second annual Occupy the Department of Education, which took place from April 4-7, are trying to draw attention to the rampant privatization of public education which has benefited greatly from President Obama's Race to the Top initiative, as well as the rash of public school closures—most notably in Chicago, Washington D.C. and Philadelphia.

As one educator, pre-kindergarten teacher Amy Rothschild, wrote:

“Reform” has become a kind of code word, referring to a specific agenda of high-stakes testing, weakened collective bargaining, and school closings that have generated massive instability for American children, particularly low-income people of color. [...]

Educators today are being punished for decades of growing income inequality, an eroding social welfare system, and an economy brought to its knees by lack of regulation—factors which make work in building supportive, democratic schools and classrooms that much more important.[...]

[We are] demonstrating in front of the Education Department because the people working inside have ignored their message.

Following a march to the White House on Saturday, protesters on Sunday rallied on the steps of the DOE. Attendees include notable education activists Diane Ravitch, Deborah Meier of Central Park East schools, and Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis.
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By: Lauren McCauley, staff writer | Common Dreams |

 

Lois Jordan (58)
Sunday April 7, 2013, 2:21 pm
Noted. The movement to grow charter schools while shrinking funding for public schools has been largely supported by ALEC. I'm absolutely disgusted by their agenda.
 

Theodore Shayne (56)
Sunday April 7, 2013, 2:26 pm
Noted
 

Darren Woolsey (111)
Sunday April 7, 2013, 2:26 pm
Corporate based school reform, narrow and shallow....
 

Sherri G. (117)
Sunday April 7, 2013, 3:48 pm
Corporate Interests are like a cancer that can and will continue to spread. We must create and sign more petitions to protect our public school teachers. The corporate tumor is spreading to take over prisons now they are working on education and soon it will be the police and fire departments. They have completely taken over the military complex. We must cut out this corporate tumor out before it spreads. We need to expose ALEC which works very hard to stay out of the media but is very successful in getting their corporate legislation through congress. If we don't stop corporate expansion into education only the very wealthy will get an education. Just like the corporate health insurance companies controlling rates so will corporations control the costs of education. I am not good with petitions but I urge someone to draft a petition to stop corporate take over of our public schools with President Obama and Congress as the target. We also need more stories about the machinations going on inside ALEC. We need to flood the media with documented proof of corporate take overs of our military complex, schools, prisons, health, etc. similar to the many many advocates currently trying to prevent social security and medicare cuts. Thanks Kit for bringing this to our attention.
 

Mike S. (86)
Sunday April 7, 2013, 6:08 pm
Noted and shared. Thank you Kit.
 

Kit B. (276)
Sunday April 7, 2013, 6:44 pm

I think we can see the plan, it's been evident for a long time. Destroy public schools, make a shining example of a few charter schools. Then your tax money will support corporate schools that spend all of their time testing for their other corporate entity a testing company. Prisons are privatized and failing, health care is costing this country a fortune, though insurance companies are doing well, health care is failing, the privatization of farming is quite literally killing us, and our schools are failing, even those "shining examples". Students and teachers spend too much time preparing for a test and very little time is allowed for digging into content.
 

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Sunday April 7, 2013, 8:31 pm
Thank you, Kit, for sharing this article. I have been horrified by the corporate take over of our country. I'm glad to see there are people with the ability to participate in demonstrations.
 

Kit B. (276)
Sunday April 7, 2013, 8:32 pm

Oh, sweetie many of us demonstrate, a lot.
 

JL A. (276)
Monday April 8, 2013, 10:34 am
As always, follow the money and the answer appears...thanks Kit for ensuring more are aware that this also is a factor in the education debate.
 

Kit B. (276)
Monday April 8, 2013, 10:41 am

It is a shame that something so trite is also true. "Follow the money".
 

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Monday April 8, 2013, 11:21 am
Thank you! (N, P, T)
 

Mike M. (56)
Monday April 8, 2013, 11:33 am
Greed and mind control. The corporations and their ninnies are in top of the mix
 

Nancy M. (202)
Monday April 8, 2013, 11:41 am
Great article Kit. I see the outcomes. I teach skills at a college level that I learned in 7th grade.
 

Angelika R. (144)
Monday April 8, 2013, 2:28 pm
Again, cry for UNONS; UNIONS ! Apart from the Chicago I see non mentioned. Our educators might be at a similar desparate low had they not strong unions in their backs. Though our issues are diferent, it is mainly the problem of being overworked because understaffed AND the language issue with Turkish kids whose parents refuse to let them have German classes.You truly need all efforts to strenghten groups on community level and work from there on up to form strong unions. The greatest country in the world with an IQ level below freezing? Don't let that happen, it's a national security matter.
 

Ana Martins (2)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 10:35 am
From Portugal ..s.ame politics same fight...
 

Dandelion G. (384)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 8:14 pm
Kit said on:

Sunday April 7, 2013, 6:44 pm

"I think we can see the plan, it's been evident for a long time. Destroy public schools, make a shining example of a few charter schools. Then your tax money will support corporate schools that spend all of their time testing for their other corporate entity a testing company. Prisons are privatized and failing, health care is costing this country a fortune, though insurance companies are doing well, health care is failing, the privatization of farming is quite literally killing us, and our schools are failing, even those "shining examples". Students and teachers spend too much time preparing for a test and very little time is allowed for digging into content."

I think you summed it up well.

Indeed Angelika, Unionize and Solidarity is a must.
 

Jennifer C. (169)
Sunday April 14, 2013, 9:49 pm
Thanks.
 
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