How have we gotten to this point? How have we gotten to be on the precipice of the death of education in the United States of America? There is plenty of blame to go around. But, we need to look inward. There are two things that are hurting us as educators that need to be fixed before we can reverse the course education has taken. The culture of teaching and apathy. But there is a solution.
Why aren't cops, firefighters, paramedics, sanitation workers being attacked? Simple. These are male dominated fields. I am not trying to be misogynistic here, I am sure I have stated this before, but if teachers were mostly male, education would not be dying today.
A while back I watched Serpico on my iPhone. I was thinking to myself, where is the Frank Serpico we need so bad today? Where is that person that will put everything on the line and out the mendacity of the NYC DOE? I see no one coming forward.
Where is the Daniel Ellsberg from the ranks of administrators or Tweedies that will lay a Pentagon Papers of education on the desk of an ace reporter from the Times? I see no one coming forward.
It's been discussed on these pages in the past on what can be done. Perhaps it is time for the money to be where the mouth is.
Civil disobedience is where it's at man. Wearing a red shirt, or red underwear, or a red ribbon ain't gonna cut it.
I've been thinking of not shaving until education is fixed, not showering, not changing my clothes. But none of those will have an impact.
What can, and must be done and it is time is a full fledged hunger strike. I am seriously contemplating it and need to explore more, but I believe this is the only way to go.
If need be, I would go it alone, but as the those Irish republican prisoners realized in 1981, there is strength in numbers.
I see each and every day the destruction that Mayor Bloomberg and all his cronies have surreptitiously imposed on the unsuspecting people of the South Bronx, NYC, and the United States.
I see every day how my son is nothing but a test score and a dollar sign to Pearson, McGraw Hill, and Prentice.
It is time for this to end. It is time for the parents and students to be heard and to truly for once come first.
It is time all those with true stakes in education to be heard.