Sunday, July 24, 2011
SOS March on Washington D.C. July 31
The U.S. Congress is accountable to the People and not to powerful corporate interests. The job of the People is to remind them of that fact. Living in a democracy is not easy and must not be taken for granted. The persistent trivializing of serious concerns over federal "education reform initiatives" and overreach by government is not acceptable. The intrusion of non-profits and corporate entities into educational public policy is not acceptable. At the core, democratic principles are at stake. At the center are the nation's children. Mainstream media has either ignored the concerns of parents, community members, and taxpayers or recycled education reform talking points and narrative. Bloggers, on the other hand, across ideologies, have done a great job at reporting facts and providing analysis. Market-driven education reform directed by corporate interests and brushing aside all other voices, parents, community members, taxpayers, and teachers aside is not a democratic process. States and local school boards are under incredible financial strain and reports emerge that many are defying federal mandates. State and federal legislators and the U.S. Department of Education collude with corporate interest to force experimentation, excessive, unneeded and expensive testing, and the development of a massive database from preschool through college on every child in the nation.
There is no other option than to protest. It is a democratic right and sorely needed now.
Support the SOS March on Washington D.C. on July 31. Watch for it on the news, look for blogs describing events, and then twitter those events to your legislators. How about a wave of 1 million tweets to the U.S. Congress?