“Every time you stop a school, you will have to build a jail. What you gain at one end you lose at the other. It’s like feeding a dog on his own tail. It won’t fatten the dog.” ~
Mark Twain must have seen the future because what he said above is exactly what has been going on in the USA (Hey, how many education Presidents have we had anyway).
At the end of this school year, for example, the District in Oakland, California plans to close five more public elementary schools and ship hundreds of poor students ten miles away to other schools.
Have I mentioned that the School District is not guaranteeing that any transportation will be provided. Maybe, the kids can just jack some cars or something.
Oh, and those five public schools they are closing. Well, the empty buildings are being handed over to private charter schools or converted into District offices.
The blog Occupy Education, which was created by a group of reachers, substitute teachers, parents, community activists, youth workers, after school instructors, in describing itself pretty clearly spells out the situation in the real world,
With this blog and our print newsletter we confront the continuing destruction of quality public education for the working class and people of color in Oakland and across the United States and thus the elimination of our childrens’ right to learn and grow. Our youth, full of creativity, passion, energy and wisdom, deserve better. We do not fully understand the changes our communities are going through and this ignorance holds us back from transformative change, but it is crucial that we face our ignorance straight on. The price of doing nothing is much greater.
Oakland is not a city these days where doing nothing is the first option.
People are going to take the District's plan sitting down.
Well, actually they are. They will be sitting down, sitting in, and occupying those buildings and as again, Occupy Education puts it, demand:
...a system that serves and is accountable to its community rather than profits from it. This is a call to rise up! This is our call to knowledge! This is our call to you! Together lets fight for what we know and fight to find out what we do not! Read on with open minds. We promise you, this is only the beginning.
The following is from libcom.org