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.