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Tomorrow, Wednesday, January 30th, is “Fax the Supe Action Day” and the first Wednesday for Wear Red for Pubic Ed in support of the MAP test boycott.
Seattle teachers are asking that all wear red for public ed every Wednesday in support of the MAP boycott until the test is taken off the table.
Please fax, e-mail or call our superintendent, Jose Banda, and let him know that you support the teachers and families who are coming out en masse to boycott the MAP test.
Our supe’s contact information is as follows:
Superintendent José L. Banda
Fax: (206) 252-0209
Office of the Superintendent
P.O. Box 34165
Seattle, WA 98124-1165
By the way, check out Solidarity Austin:
Monday, June 8 at 7:30pm, Pulitzer Prize-winner Chris Hedges (War is a Force That Gives Us Meaning) will be at the Seattle Town Hall to discuss his latest book Wages of Rebellion. He'll give examples of famous revolutionaries, rebellions, and movements, drawing connections to the shaky environmental and economic circumstances that make America ripe for revolt today. Highly recommended.
To understand what that means to these children and to our country, watch Frontline : Poor Kids
"When the tests are aligned to the common standards, the curriculum will line up as well—and that will unleash powerful market forces in the service of better teaching. For the first time, there will be a large base of customers eager to buy products that can help every kid learn and every teacher get better."
This process -- a handful of the wealthiest people in our country controlling the political process -- is called "oligarchy."
The great political struggle we now face is whether the United States retains its democratic heritage or whether we move toward an oligarchic form of society where the real political power rests with a handful of billionaires, not ordinary Americans.
Woody Guthrie, arguably the most revered forerunner of the Greenwich Village scene had a sign taped to his guitar during his time in World War II that read, “This machine kills fascists.” And when he returned to the states when the war was over he decided that the sign was still relevant.
“People would ask him… ‘Hey Woody, Hitler’s dead, why don’t you take the sign off? And he would reply ‘Well this fascism comes around whenever the rich people get the generals to do what they want."
More Than A Score: Jesse Hagopian
Confessions of a Bad Teacher: John Owens
Death of the Liberal Class: Chris Hedges
Dollarocracy: Robert Waterman McChesney
Reign of Error: Diane Ravitch
The Operators: Michael Hastings: Want to know where over 50% of each tax dollar is going? Read this book.
The Party is Over: Mike Lofgren
The Shock Doctrine: Naomi Klein
"I believe in standardizing automobiles. I do not believe in standardizing human beings. Standardization is a great peril which threatens American culture."
ALEC Exposed-The Privatization of Public Schools:
And more about the Koch brothers and their dad: kochexposed.org
Charter School Scandals
Charter School Scams and Scamsters
Class Size Matters:
Common Core Standards:
Democrats for Education Reform
Teach for America:
"Any time hedge fund managers...when they walk into the inner city areas and start talking about poor children's education, it's not because they want kids to read and write, it's because they know that the federal government spends $600B on education and they want it and they're going to get it."
"There is something grotesque about the fact that education reform is being led not by educators but by financiers and speculators and billionaires."