Friday, July 8, 2011

SOS: US Teachers march on Washington this summer

It's been a nasty year for teachers in the US. From Bill Gates, to Charter Schools, to Obama's "Race for the Top" to the Tea Party - everywhere teachers have been criticized, demonized and held "accountable" for a system failing in spite of, not because of, teachers.

But beginning in January and the incredible show of solidarity in Wisconsin, teachers and parents are saying they've had enough.

This summer, teachers will gather from across the US to march on Washington. The rally is called "Save our Schools" and involves a broad spectrum of the education community including teachers, administrators, university professors, politicians, unions and grassroots association, parent groups all united in pushing back the so-called "reform" movement. They will meet on the lawn on July 30th, to reclaim American public education.

As they state on their website,

"We, a collection of people from all walks of life and every corner of this nation, embody a mixture of ideas and opinions regarding how we can improve educational opportunities for all children. We stand united by one belief – it’s time for teachers and parents to organize and reclaim control of our schools.

As concerned citizens, we demand an end to the destructive policies and rhetoric that have eroded confidence in our public schools, demoralized teachers, and reduced the education of too many of our children to nothing more than test preparation.

A well-educated society is essential to the future of the United States of America. Our students must have access to a fully funded, world-class public education system, and it is our responsibility to hold our government accountable for providing the means to achieve it. Please join us!"

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