RE: A NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION ON BEHALF OF OUR NATION’S PUBLIC SCHOOLS
The time is ripe for all of us pro-public school people who are scattered across the country to organize together as ONE, and make ourselves much, much more visible on the national level.
The frustration has built up enough at this point and the moment has arrived for a powerful statement to be made to the nation. We're getting steamrolled to death by the billionaires and their ultimate plan.
Let's get a spokesperson (someone like you?) on 60 Minutes, The Daily Show, and Charlie Rose. Our views need much more public visibility.
Let's get Ravitch, Meier, Darling-Hammond, Rothstein, Klonsky, Jim Horn, some Bolder, Broader Approach folks, and whoever else is good, who would be willing to start showing up on TV talk shows, too. Let's make the nation listen!
Let's get a day of action going that will bring out devoted public school supporters in every major city. There are quite a lot. They could all be wearing the same t-shirts and buttons, carrying protest signs, and driving around in cars with pro-public, anti-school privatization-message bumper stickers. It needs to be a total campaign.
What about Horace Mann's upcoming 213th birthday, Monday, May 4th? (It's the day before the NEA's National Teacher Day). I'm not an education historian, so is there another more meaningful date?
If this idea was refined a bit more, then word would spread instantaneously via the internet, and local groups could start to make their plans. The mainstream media would be likely to pick the story up and put out some buzz about it, too. Enough is enough.
How about "A Pro-Public School Day of Action" or something like that? I'm not a professional organizer of national events, but I just know this could work. I can sense it is time.
You're a good person to bounce this idea off of because of your broad reach and appeal.
What do you think?
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PS: Last weekend I mentioned this general sort of idea to Norm at EdNotes online, with the initial idea of basing the action in
I'm just trying my best to turn up the heat and get something going.