Educator and blogger Mike Stein writes about being an education activist in the age of Trump and DeVos.
Here’s some of what he has to say:
The bleak reality is that there’s little we can do right now to defend public education against the federal government. I kept thinking of a yellow flag with a snake coiled in the middle and the words “Don’t Tread on Me” printed in all caps at the top. How ironic that many of the same people who proudly boast that motto are the very ones who voted for President Trump, who then appointed DeVos to her post. As a public school teacher and as a parent of two girls in public schools, I am sick and tired of being tread on. I’m exasperated, and “fighting the good fight” takes time and energy that I often don’t have after a mentally and physically exhausting day at work.
Of course, parents and educators can come together and influence state policy, as they’ve done in recent years in resisting the privatization movement that would use public funds to pay for private school tuition.
In 2018, there will be opportunities to influence the testing that goes on in our schools.
And, of course, there are local School Board and County Commission elections — opportunities to vote for candidates who are strong supporters of good public schools.
But, Stein has a point about federal education policy. He also offers a bit of hope. READ MORE>
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i drove to Nashville after my long day of teaching and protested with the group. I couldn’t stay long (I had a previously scheduled speaking engagement), but how could I NOT stand up against the attack in public education. As I was walking to the protest, I was overwhelmed with awe. Not only will I stand in protest tonight, but hopefully soon, I’ll be standing in the halls of Congress where I can impact real change! Thank you for your support! Let’s remember Public Schools are the heartbeat of our communities.