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Enough with the Bitching…

Stop bitching. Stop whining. Stop pouting. To be frank, we do too much of the wrong thing while corporate interest continues to do so much of the right thing and all the while, they continue to brainwash youth. While we are all sitting around rallying for justice in the classroom…corporate interest continue to coddle with governmental bodies in hope of gaining from the oppression they impose communities that they could care less about. It seems that we have grown comfortable with “keeping the dialogue going,” actually it seems that we have grown a little too comfortable. In therein lies the issue at hand, because if we have grown that comfortable with talking while children are left unrepresented than we are just as oppressive as our oppressors are.

The reality of the situation is that there are plenty of youth organizations and unions around that do not have their head upside their ass to see the calamity of educational oppression. Yet, when asked to present some actual effort in unifying an actual movement, everyone wants to start stuttering and drawing back. Which again, makes them just as “special interest” as “special interest” because their taking a special interest in speaking from a soap box instead of becoming willing to unite for results.

As far as the organizations that have come out touting their supposed purpose of liberating student voice and uniting oppressed student populations only to fade out and give way….this cannot be a movement of one hit wonders looking for their space to shout from the soap box. We do not need those who speak out of self-interest if their self-interest is not going to help everyone out. However, this extends to the adults who give sometime well-meaning youth a podium to step onto, because this movement requires allies’ not self-serving tokenizing adults who serve no higher purpose.

All I am saying is that the movements to reclaim education and to take ownership of their civil rights did not occur by people interested in only bitching. They did not occur by people simply interested in getting notoriety…because their words quickly turned into action and they were recognized based off their work.



8 thoughts on “Enough with the Bitching…

  1. and your social action is…

    Posted by xiousgeonz | August 12, 2013, 7:23 am
    • Well, I’ve went and educated myself on various state and federal laws about education and civil rights. From what I learned at the International Democratic Education Conference, Colorado is now on my list of inquiry. And in the process, I’ve networked with people who have the same idea but different interests as me,

      Posted by Jabreel Chisley | August 19, 2013, 6:19 am
  2. Hi Jabreel,
    Couldn’t agree with you more. Talk is easy and cheap. Yet, some people have to start somewhere. Conversation is important to getting to the next level. There are a lot of wolves out there in sheep’s clothing. Learning how to sort through those may take years to figure out. There is no short cut to the revolution. Having said all that, what concrete action do you propose to get us moving faster?

    Posted by Elisa Waingort | August 12, 2013, 8:27 am
    • I agree that you can never be too careful in a revolution and that communication is one of your best tools. However at times, it seems like the constant conversation is stuck in loop and it prevents from connecting the dots in a more in depth way.

      Posted by Jabreel Chisley | August 19, 2013, 6:24 am
      • Yes, that’s true and then it’s time to act. I think that is happening on a few different levels with teachers. Here are a few examples: the Opt Out Movement, SOS, and the FB group Badass Teachers Association. Each of these is taking a variety of concrete actions around educational issues that matter to teachers, students and parents. My question is: where are our professional organizations and our unions,

        Posted by Elisa Waingort | August 19, 2013, 8:17 am

    Posted by Sandy | August 12, 2013, 9:00 am
  4. I am afraid money talks, and b—s— walks… unless there is true Interest Convergence. Even then, in the context of schools, attacking funding mechanisms would likely be the best lever to effect change.

    In Michigan, the “count” of students attending school on certain days of the year is the key to a substantial part of their funding. I can only wonder as to what would happen if students organized themselves to play out the role, as a group, of Bartleby the Scrivener and announce to the local school administration/board and interested state and federal parties that they were simply going to say “I prefer not to attend” on the day of the count (and be prepared to act, by not acting at all)…

    Posted by Brent Snavely | August 14, 2013, 1:13 pm

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