Each day articles flood newspapers and the internet speaking out against high stakes testing, the common core, the failure of our current system of education to provide a “basic” education for our children, the racism inherent in the system and the poverty it produces.
This weekend is the 93rd anniversary of the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing women the right to vote.
Next weekend is the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington to secure civil rights for all the people of the nation.
ANSWER, Act Now to Stop War and End Racism reports, “On August 28, 1963 hundreds of thousands joined the historic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Organized by A. Philip Randolph and other prominent civil rights leaders like Bayard Rustin, the demonstration was one of the largest in U.S. history and dealt a serious blow to Jim Crow segregation. It was at this protest that Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech.”
Today, more than ever before, we have the technology to actually realize the “one man, one vote” dream of our forefathers and today, more than ever before, we remain silent.
Rochester, the home of Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony, warriors in the battle to end hatred in America, continues to remain politically silent in the face of a School Board who contracts with corporations that benefit from our children’s failure.
We silently complain as each year our children fail to meet even the lowest requirements of educational success yet we continue to elect into office individuals who make decisions that are detrimental to the educational health and well being of our children.
We meet in groups day after day, night after night to discuss the problems of educational failure, racism and poverty, asking what can be done to correct this situation while ignoring the power of the collective voice to change the leadership of education at the local, state, and federal level.
Our children are failing because we are failing to fight for their success.
We are their role models, what are we modeling?
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