A summary of the speakers and events featured in the Save Our Schools March and Conference, as witnessed firsthand by K12NN correspondent Joseph K. Among the speakers were Jonathan Kozol, Matt Damon, Jon Stewart, and Jon Stewart.
Archives for July 2011
Why education activist Marion Brady’s marching in the Save Our Schools national event: “Non-educators have now been in near-total control of US education policy for more than a full kindergarten-through-12th grade cycle, and things aren’t going well.” 10 false assumptions driving education reform, and what experienced teachers and motivated parents can do to challenge and re-direct education policy.
Listen as a former Colorado teacher, Sabrina Stevens-Shupe, talks about the need to support public education and why the Save Our Schools march and conference were organized. The event is scheduled for July 28-31, 2011 in Washington, DC.
Joseph K. asks if we’d fire oncologists who lose 50% of their patients to cancer, or police officers who fail to eradicate all crime. That’s the twisted Kafka-esque logic of No Child Left Behind, says this longtime public school teacher.
Two teachers, a student, and an independent scholar of religion and the First Amendment join K12NN as contributors.
Seasoned Teacher tells us about how her recent visit to a humble elementary school inspires her to travel from her home in the Midwest to the Save Our Schools March in Washington DC this July 28-31, 2011: “I visited La Casita yesterday. The mothers were very welcoming, enjoyed showing us La Casita and were incredibly proud of their library. They also shared the latest plan by Chicago Public Schools: close Whittier School, relocate the children and sell the entire property to the private school for their soccer field. …The mothers told us over and over that CPS claims to want parent involvement but has refused to allow them to be involved. There was a police car in front of the school; the mothers said the police are there frequently.”
ZombieX interviews one of the best English teachers in the state of California, Kelly Gallagher — author of the book Readicide. What teach to the student looks like, as opposed to teach to the test.