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Those of us involved in organizing the Save Our Schools March and National Call to Action know it would not have happened without the strong support of Diane Ravitch.  She supported us early and often, mentioned the march in every public appearance for months, and gave us half of her $20,000 Moynihan Prize at a time when finances were tight.

She has since publication of The Death and Life  of the Great American School System (which I reviewed here become a hero to and an advocate for teachers.

Thus it was appropriate that she was our last professional speaker before our headliner, Matt Damon, was introduced by his mom, Dr. Nancy Carlsson-Paige of Lesley University.

Allow me to offer the two Youtube clips that comprise Diane's speech last Saturday.  Listen, enjoy, and pass them on.

I am honored to share these words of my good friend Diane Ravitch.

Originally posted to teacherken on Thu Aug 04, 2011 at 03:50 AM PDT.

Also republished by ClassWarfare Newsletter: WallStreet VS Working Class Global Occupy movement, Teachers Lounge, and Education Alternatives.

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  •  Tip Jar (15+ / 0-)

    "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 Thu Aug 04, 2011 at 03:50:34 AM PDT

  •  Great job on saving Ravitch & Kozol's gems (1+ / 0-)
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    (tweets) for eternity. Saw them on the gem that is rheefirst.com.

    And kudos for declining the White House invitation and suggesting them to attend the grassroots meeting. Unlike the incompetent union leadership, you rank-and-file teachers know a thing or 2 about how to take on the bully.  Ironic  how your bully becomes the bullied against the Repubs.

    NYT reader comment (via Susan Ohanian) : Arne Duncan great example of peter Principle. Failed in Chicago; then promoted so he could repeat failure on national scale.

    by Funkygal on Thu Aug 04, 2011 at 04:45:51 AM PDT

    •  I am going to somewhat correct you (0+ / 0-)

      in the statement we sent to the White House was crafted by a groups, with a major role played by someone from one of the two unions

      "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 Thu Aug 04, 2011 at 04:51:25 AM PDT

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      •  Was union leadership involved ? n/t (0+ / 0-)

        NYT reader comment (via Susan Ohanian) : Arne Duncan great example of peter Principle. Failed in Chicago; then promoted so he could repeat failure on national scale.

        by Funkygal on Thu Aug 04, 2011 at 05:05:39 AM PDT

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        •  somewhat (1+ / 0-)
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          they were not part of the original organizing but agreed once it was clear we were going forward to help us

          They endorsed us

          they gave us money

          they gave us logistical help

          Lily Eskelsen, VP of NEA, and Nathan Saunders, President of Washington Teachers Union (AFT) both spoke from the podium

          "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 Thu Aug 04, 2011 at 05:08:36 AM PDT

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          •  Just to be clear : by "corrupt union leadership" (0+ / 0-)

            I meant Dennis VR at NEA and Randi W at AFT.  No offense meant to branch/state leaders like Nathan Saunders etc.

            NYT reader comment (via Susan Ohanian) : Arne Duncan great example of peter Principle. Failed in Chicago; then promoted so he could repeat failure on national scale.

            by Funkygal on Thu Aug 04, 2011 at 06:04:51 AM PDT

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            •  sorry, but they are not corrupt (0+ / 0-)

              although they may be misguided, as I think Dennis was in moving for the early endorsement of Obama

              I have occasion to see these people up close, to talk with them, and while I do not always agree with them, do not see evidence of corruption.

              Now one of Saunders' predecessors at WTU was corrupt and is now in prison because of that corruption.

              "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 Thu Aug 04, 2011 at 09:09:45 AM PDT

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  •  Thank you (3+ / 0-)
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    I had every intention of attending the SOS Rally, but sadly economic circumstances prevented it.  I am a nurse who has been speaking out about supporting public schools since Governor Christie began his attacks on education. Thanks to Heros like teacherken and Diane Ravitch, these issues are getting national attention.   Let's not turn our education system into our healthcare system. The ethical issues that are so prevalent in our healthcare system are unavoidable, a profit motive for illness is counter productive to our citizenry. What a tragedy it would be to go down this road with the education of our children. Keep up the great work Ken!    

    " The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams"-Eleanor Roosevelt

    by Lh1695 on Thu Aug 04, 2011 at 05:14:53 AM PDT

    •  we had a very famous nurse there (0+ / 0-)

      although she is not famous as a nurse, but as a student.

      The seminal case for student 1st Amendment rights is Tinker v DesMoines.

      Mary Beth Tinker, now a nurse in the DC area, was there, and was an active participant in the Congress we had after the March to plan for the future.

      "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 Thu Aug 04, 2011 at 05:24:37 AM PDT

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      •  Thanks for sharing Ken (2+ / 0-)
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        Nurse and teachers travel similar paths; the complexities of our jobs are often misunderstood by the public,we generally are  revered or despised and we enter our professions out of a passion for altruism. Both of my grandparents were teachers and I admired their devotion to the children of strangers.  I am certain my career choice was greatly influenced by their devotion to the public good. I plan on keeping up the fight and speaking strongly in preserving one of the cornerstones of our democracy, free public education.  

        " The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams"-Eleanor Roosevelt

        by Lh1695 on Thu Aug 04, 2011 at 05:55:12 AM PDT

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  •  What's Next... (0+ / 0-)

    How about it???? Teachers and Parents together - national campaign to boycott testing... surely the next logical step after the SOS March?

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