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  •  This may be my most important diary (27+ / 0-)

    not because of the quality of my writing or the cogency of my words, but because the issue is so critical, and Diane Ravitch expresses it so well and so powerfully.

    I hope I can assist in making her words more widely known, so that perhaps we can together begin to take back American education from those who are destroying it, before it is too late.

    "what the best and wisest parent wants for his child is what we should want for all the children of the community" - John Dewey

    by teacherken on Sat Dec 10, 2011 at 11:06:33 AM PST

    •  When children and women become priorities in the (5+ / 0-)
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      consideration and formation of legislation, then the following quote will make sense:

      Surely the greatest nation in the world can mobilize the will to do what is right for the children.

      Until then, we must continue to fight the regressive laws being passed from state to state that restrict womens' access to healthcare, and make blanket cuts to education in the name of 'smaller government' and 'creating jobs and profits for the private sector'.

      Thanks for sharing the speech.

    •  What do we want for all our children? (1+ / 0-)
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      Did you know the US and Somalia are the only countries on earth which have not ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the most widely ratified international treaty in history?

      Here is a good Unicef teaching resource on it, with a link to the Unicef site to read the text of the Convention.

       The text is complicated and careful, so it can actually work as a legal basis in individual cultures, to align them in respecting childrens' rights.  As you read through it, though, you can see how far our own country is from embracing the central tenet that human children are born with human rights.

      The savage inequality Diane is discussing is real, and it does impact our students in ways that are hard to heal.  But we can take hope in the resources our battered young do seem to find among themselves and within their communities.

      I'm a chemistry teacher, but I find myself the faculty advisor to a Unicef club.  The students in my low-income, diverse, working class public high school have started it on their own initiative.

      It is the power of action that calls reason into being - John Dewey

      by chemtchr on Sat Dec 10, 2011 at 08:23:45 PM PST

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