“Occupy Our Public Schools”
Below is the original written version of a speech I gave at the Occupy Minnesota Rally on October 28, 2011.
1 in 5 children live in poverty in the United States. In some areas it’s close to 1 out of every 2 children. Corporations and the politicians they have bought and paid for have created this economic and social reality, and yet it’s the public school teachers who are made the scapegoats for the failed economic system. When teachers point out the additional challenges facing students in poverty and the need for more resources, we are told we are simply making excuses. The so-called “education reformers” argue that teachers need to stop making excuses. This “no excuse” mentality is itself an excuse for corporations and politicians to do nothing about the real problems they have created!
Corporate education “reformers” like to talk about accountability for teachers and public schools, but there is no accountability for them.
Minneapolis Public School Teacher
Executive Board Member of MFT, Local 59