It will probably take a lot more than a billion dollars in the bank to run for President of the United States in 2016. Pearson’s item is inferior to the best assessment method we have: well-trained teachers with the freedom to do their jobs who are held accountable. In August 2011, Education Radio released its debut show – filled with the passionate voices and stories of the Save Our Schools National Convention and March held in Washington DC that July, organized by parents, teachers and scholars to speak out against the corporate assault being waged on public schools and teachers. Education Radio traveled to this convention to document where SOS has come over the past year, as well as to collect and share further stories and voices.
A year later, in August 2012, Save Our Schools convened once more in Washington, this time with the objective of holding a People’s Convention, filled with workshops and discussion about the require for continued action and movement building to preserve and expand public education. Touré has also been intensely active in education equity, specifically around tracking in Alabama and in visioning how schools can offer a holistic and humane environment for young children. So Fallon is now pushing Pearson toward direct-to-consumer education, primarily overseas.
Ultimately, we hear from two members of the Save Our Schools steering committee, Deborah Meier , a 50 year veteran practitioner and administrator in public education and Mike Klonsky , DePaul University teacher educator. In this week’s system, we speak with some of these supporters about why they felt compelled to make contact with Barbara, how Pearson and/or the TPA are impacting their lives, and how we may possibly additional this resistance.
Their resistance to the privatization of public education and their demand to reclaim the classroom from hedge fund managers, genuine estate tycoons, venture philanthropists and their political stooges, is shifting the narrative from one particular of blaming teachers, students, parents and unions to naming the lies behind corporate ‘reform’ efforts. Final, we speak with Rhoda Rae Gutierrez, a Chicago parent, and System Director at the Collaborative for Equity and Justice in Education.
As we welcome the 2012 college year, and although Chicago teachers are courageously standing up for high quality education for all students, we bring you a moving and inspiring speak by award-winning author and longtime education and civil rights activist Jonathan Kozol. In this week’s system, we take a closer appear at the function of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in funding and advertising corporate education reform. Librotraficante – a project devoted to fighting back against the censorship and banning of books in Arizona. And we found a broad range of people who are articulate and angry about the neoliberal assault on public education.