I really need for my teacher friends to unite with parents and get more political. The time is now. If you don’t organize and speak up, the government will continue to do what it wants to you. If you want to know how to become more political, please check out my Facebook page, or contact me via Twitter @jamaalabowman. You’ll find groups already doing great work — join them. You’ll learn a lot about what you can do to help. Feel free to message me. We need you and we need your voice. Your voice matters tremendously, and there are so many ways to help. The government doesn’t know what’s best for our children. We cannot let them continue to make decisions that harm our profession and our children. Please teachers, the time is now and we need you desperately. Share with every teacher and parent you know. Get involved. It’ll take all of us to create the schools we need for a truly beautiful and democratic society. Some specific issues include:
The state of NY owes city schools around 2.4 billion dollars. The state is 8 years late paying this bill. Low income schools nationally continue to be drastically underfunded. We must call and write our legislatures everyday about what’s called the Campaign for Fiscal Equity money.
We continue to invest in an over-abundance of standardized exams and couple these flawed exams and processes to the rating of teachers, instead of investing in early childhood programs which all the research points to as being the holy grail of transforming our society. We also can better invest in implementing portfolio based and expeditionary assessments in the upper grades that truly capture deeper learning.
Public schools do not the have Montessori, open space, hands on, project based programs that private school students continue to thrive on. Why not? What does the government truly believe about our children?
There is much more to all of this so please get involved and learn more. Don’t fret if you don’t know or understand all of the issues. I too am learning as I go. Just learn a little bit more everyday and ask questions. Let’s unite to make our country greater than it’s ever been. Message me so we can organize around the issues. Let’s show the government how much we love our children and our country. Thank you.