Originally posted at www.educatedtodeath.com
What would it take to provide a “world class” education? Is it possible in the U.S. public schools system as it is? I venture to say no.
If the answer is ‘no’, then what needs to be done? Is the answer in democratizing our schools? Eliminating bureaucracy? Liberating the education system from corporate control? Putting decision making power in the hands of educators?
How could some of these things be accomplished? Are they feasible goals? Would it be possible to create an alternative?
Could educators create a sustainable alternative to the education system we have today? Could we have grassroots schools that taught children what they needed to know?
We don’t want or need more charter schools. We don’t want corporate fingers dictating the every move of educators.
We want, I believe, to provide an equitable education that creates the possibility for an open society or democracy in the future. We want an educated citizenry.
We need that if we are not to fall into the clutches of some not so distant corporate totalitarian regime.
Our public schools have been hijacked. It is becoming increasingly impossible to provide the education we know should be provided.
What can we do? How can we take back our system or create an feasible alternative? Do we need to teach outside of school?
We, the teachers, need to change this, but how. I’d like to start collecting ideas and collaborating. Let’s have a conversation. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org . Let’s figure something out.