Eyes Wide Open

Mark R. Warren, an associate professor of public policy and public affairs in the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston writes, “Our educational system is profoundly marked by racial and class inequality tied to broader structures of poverty and racism. We live in a society in which half of all black and Latino children grow up in or near poverty, often in neighborhoods of concentrated poverty with high rates of violence and inadequate services. They attend under-resourced schools which fail them at high rates. As a result, in many cities half of all black and Latino boys fail to graduate from high school. Most will be condemned to lives of poverty and imprisonment. Fully two-thirds of black men without a high school degree will serve time in prison at some point in their lives.”

There is no longer any doubt that our current system of education has been purchased by those who would profit from the educational failure and ruined lives of our children.

Providing every child in America with an excellent, developmentally appropriate, experiential, Arts based, education that concentrates on discovering, developing, and directing their gifts and talents towards becoming respectful, knowledgeable, concerned, actively engaged citizens would eliminate the class system that perpetuates the poverty and racism in our country.

Why then are Americans reluctant to stand together to change the language of Federal education policy so that it concentrates on the gifts and talents of our children and amend the United States Constitution so that it guarantees every child in America an excellent education?

Americans are convinced that their monetary value is more important than their human value.

Americans have placed the value of “things” above the value of our human contributions to this world. Black Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, saw millions of Americans disrespecting each other in order to purchase “things” at a lower price that is still higher than the actual thing is worth.

Our children are more valuable than the things we buy.

They deserve an excellent education.

Join the Movement to Save Our Children!

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