A Call To Action – Tweet For Principal Jamaal Bowman and CASA Middle School Students

Please tweet ASAP –
VOTE 4 CASA MS Bronx NYC
100% GRAD RATE No bigger ROE THAN A LOVE OF LEARNING
@asugsvsummit @jamaalabowman #GSV2020vision

Poetic Justice

First – please watch this amazing video produced by the students and staff at CASA Middle School in the Bronx. It is based on Sean Covey’s book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens.

Second – TWEET out the following message:

VOTE 4 CASA MS Bronx NYC
100% GRAD RATE No bigger ROE THAN A LOVE OF LEARNING
@asugsvsummit @jamaalabowman #GSV2020vision

Jamaal and his students are in a competition. They need only 1,000 tweets today to beat PEARSON – yes, I said – PEARSON in The Voice of an Educator at an Ed Reform Event!

Third – share this far and wide.
If you are interesting in reading more about the 7 habits – here is a document that summarizes them very nicely.     HB_Seven_Habits_of_Highly_Efffective_Teens8

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Common Core Today – Back to the Future

Dr. James Avington Miller Jr.  and The War Report on Public Education radio show begin a series exposing the dangers of the Common Core. Joining us for this series is Dr. Deborah Duncan Owens. Here is a short taste of what is in store for our listeners:

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Are you angry enough yet? How long will the American public tolerate the steady encroachment of corporations into public education? In the first of a series of shows dedicated to the Common Core and the corporate takeover of our public schools, Deborah Duncan Owens will discuss the decades long assault against public education in the United States and the origins of the Common Core State Standards. Our students are over tested, exploited for profit, and victims of spying by corporate and governmental entities. It’s time to say no to the free market ideology driving our education policies in the U.S. and reclaim the sacred ground of public education as an essential democratic institution.


There is a price on the head of every child in America! When did greed become the underlying motive in efforts to systemically reform public education in America? How can we reclaim our public schools and say no to the corporate takeover of education? Deborah Duncan Owens pulls back the curtain that has shrouded the American public from the collusion of the political right and left with corporate America that has been plotting a course to privatize our nation’s public school system.


Join us in a conversation about taking back the sacred ground of public education in America. It’s time to set up a war room and establish a unified plan to end the incursion of corporate America into the lives of our nation’s most precious resource, our children. America’s most vulnerable citizens, those who have no vote or seat at the policy table, are depending on us to put an end to the CCSS debacle, Draconian high stakes testing, and Orwellian student data collecting. United we stand and divided we will fall. It’s time to unite our voices — for the sake of our children and their public schools in America.

Knowledge is power — and the knowledge gained through this series will arm pro-public school advocates with an essential understanding to finally come to grips with the forces that have historically sought to dismantle America’s public school system. Parents and teachers, armed with knowledge about the historical roots of the corporate assault on education, can — through collective action — take back our locally controlled public schools and hold our elected and non-elected governmental policy makers accountable. When parents and students OPT OUT of Draconian high stakes tests that line the pockets of corporate reformers while exploiting the personal information of children, parents and students are OPTING IN to a coalition of Americans intent on preserving our democratic system of public education!

So join us this Sunday, March 29th, as we begin our series on the Common Core Today – Back to the Future.
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NAISON RANTS: My Memories of the Selma Protests – Written for BK Nation

Here is a piece written by Notorious PhD – Dr. Mark Naison:

It was the spring of 1965. I was a junior at Columbia,  preparing for the tennis season, where I had the opportunity to play number 1 singles. But as exciting as that prospect was, because i was an activist as much as an athlete, I was deeply concerned about two high profile political issues- the bombing of North Vietnam and the failure of President Johnson to move aggressively to secure voting rights for African Americans in Southern States. I found myself wondering- would the emerging conflict in Vietnam distract the President from undertaking the most important remaining civil rights initiative still left- making sure that every American, including Blacks living in the Deep South states, could go to the polls and vote their conscience without risking their lives?

Apparently, Dr. Martin Luther King had the same concerns, because he launched a high profile, high risk effort to force President Johnson to act on voting rights. His target city was Selma Alabama, where he knew that the local sheriff, Jim Clark would use the same brutal tactics against non violent protesters that Bull Connor did in Birmingham, and so doing create a set of embarrassing images, broadcast around the world, that would force the president to act.  But to do this, King had to persuade a large number of people to take the same kind of risk of beatings, and jailings and shootings and bombings that demonstrators in Birmingham faced, at a time when more and more Black people were getting fed up with non violence and were ready to fight back. This time, fearing that he might not get enough protesters from Selma alone, he encouraged protesters from all over the country to descend on Selma, including white labor activists, and Black and white clergy.

King’s strategy turned Selma into a tinderbox, an embittered outpost of the Old South which saw itself invaded by an occupying army. The resentment was directed at white supporters from outside the city as much as local Black demonstrators and the rage spilled over not only into fierce attacks on protesters, marked by clubs and tear gas, but the murder of two white activists who came to support the protests, Rev James Reeb and Viola Liuzzo.

King’s strategy ultimately worked, as he entered into high wire negotiations with both the President and local officials which produced a peaceful march to from Selma to Montgomery. But the violence and brutality against the protests was the thing that ultimately turned the tide, forcing the President into a dramatic step he had never anticipated- putting a Voting Rights Act before Congress that would send federal registrars into the South wherever there was evidence of discrimination at the polls. What forced him to take this step, ironically,  may have been the very Cold War logic that led the President to launch military action in Vietnam, forcing him to realize that what King had created through this protest gave the Communist enemy so much ammunition that the nation had to act to secure its global position and keep credibility with developing nations.

In any case, King’s gamble led to Black Southerners gaining the untrammeled right to vote for the first time since Reconstruction. But it also left a legacy of bitterness at white brutality, and presidential cynicism, that further eroded the African American communities already weakening commitment to non-violence.

The State and Fate of Public Education: Washington State in the Wake of War – Inside the War

WAR REPORT EXCLUSIVE – Sunday April 25th – tune in to The War Report on Public Education hosted by Dr. James Avington Miller Jr. with co-hosts Susan DuFresne and Julianna Dauble

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