In one week, on April 4th through 7th, Save Our Schools will be holding and “Occupy the Department of Education” protest.
When they arrive, they should arrive with a manifesto stating that they are no longer willing to allow private concerns to invade public education. Their manifesto should point out that private schools receiving public funds while public schools fail is unconstitutional and unconscionable.
Their manifesto should demand that we change the system of education so that it speaks to the gifts and talents of the students and the teachers so that all involved with education can discover, develop, and direct their passions towards creating a better world in which to live.
Expressive points in their manifesto should include:
* Acknowledging that ALL children have gifts and talents to offer and should be seen as gifted and talented in the educational environment.
*Concentrating on the developmental learning abilities of the child, engaging their strengths to balance their weakness creating an interest in learning that leads to independence and success.
* Smaller class sizes so that a true learning community can be formed in the classroom, connecting all stakeholders in the process.
* Recognition of the different developmental levels of learning between and among early childhood education, elementary education, and secondary education and instruct them accordingly.
* Every stakeholder in the process of education should be evaluated on their part in the process with the highest expectation of success for all.
* Teacher evaluations should evaluate the abilities of the teacher to discover, develop, and direct the gifts and talents of their students.
* Art education is mandatory, not an add-in.
* Experiential learning opportunities are mandatory.
* Neighborhood schools
* Community collaboration
When participants occupy the Department of Education they should demand a copy of their State’s education plan, and then read it. They will most likely find that their state does not comply with federal regulations.
There is a great deal of work to be done. Attacking the problem from the top down and the bottom up, shortens the battle.
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