Monday, December 9 2013 is the National Day of Action when “parents, students, educators and community leaders across the country will raise their hands and demand more for America’s children.”
On the National Day of Action: “. . . communities will demand that those who know students best devise and implement community-driven solutions to tackle the opportunity gaps in American education.”
“The day of action is an outgrowth of ongoing collaboration among the National Education Association, the American Federation of Teachers, and several key community partners to mobilize support for public education, pushing back against the corporate takeover of our public schools and lifting up the voices of practitioners and communities about what is best for our students.”
A collective effort by a group known as COMMUNITY AND LABOR ORGANIZING TOGETHER FOR EDUCATIONAL AND SOCIAL JUSTICE states, “We are parents and caregivers, students and community members. We are educators and school staff. We have come together around a common commitment to public education. We believe that the only way to give every child the opportunity to pursue a rich and productive life, both individually and as a member of society, is through a system of publicly funded, equitable and democratically controlled public schools”
Their Eight Principles are:
Public schools are public institutions
Our voices matter
Strong public schools create strong communities
Assessments should be used to improve instruction
Quality teaching must be delivered
by committed, respected and supported educators
Schools must be welcoming and respectful places for all
Our schools must be fully funded for success and equity
A Call to Action
While these eight principles are vitally important to improving our current system of education we must realize that the focus of education should be on the children not the system.
In order to equalize the educational playing field, an excellent, child centered, developmentally appropriate, arts based, experiential education must be available to all children in America.
On December 9th every parent, teacher, student, and member of the Rochester community should raise their hands and spread the word to defend our children’s educational future.
Join the Movement to Save Our Children!