Corporate Deform

I designed (and, now, revised) this poster to respond to the heavy-hand­ed and bla­tant role cor­po­ra­tions play in shap­ing our edu­ca­tion­al poli­cies. Edu­ca­tion should be shaped accord­ing to the needs of the human com­mu­ni­ty, not cor­po­rate prof­it. We want all chil­dren, youth and adults to have access to a qual­i­ty edu­ca­tion that enhances our/their lives and the com­mu­ni­ty as a whole. List­ed are just some of the poli­cies that move us away from that goal. If you would like to read a tremen­dous new book on this sub­ject, check out Mise­d­u­cat­ing for the Glob­al Econ­o­my: How Cor­po­rate Pow­er Dam­ages Edu­ca­tion and Sub­verts Stu­dents’ Futures, hot off the press, July 2018, by Ger­ald Coles. It is a must-read for any­one want­i­ng to under­stand edu­ca­tion today.

 

Schools or Prisons?

schools, education, prisons, school-prison pipeline, racism, class

Today, I heard anoth­er instance of there being “not enough mon­ey”  to appro­pri­ate­ly fund a pre­dom­i­nate­ly Black and Lati­no high school’s course offer­ings. This time the school is Jef­fer­son High in Los Ange­les. Stu­dents will not get the cours­es they need to grad­u­ate on time. Stu­dents will have to repeat class­es they have already passed. Where do they turn? What does that slick say­ing “When one door clos­es, anoth­er one opens” mean for young peo­ple in this school? What options are we giv­ing our pre­cious youth when “not enough mon­ey” is seen as a good enough rea­son to block vital oppor­tu­ni­ties for some, when there is plen­ty of mon­ey avail­able for war, pris­ons, and yachts? Is this democ­ra­cy? Justice?

Schools Not Prisons

school prison pipeline, racism in education, prison industrial complex

It’s mind-bog­gling that a soci­ety pro­fess­ing moral demo­c­ra­t­ic supe­ri­or­i­ty around the world would stand by as Black and Lati­no chil­dren get pushed out of schools into what very like­ly will be an incar­cer­at­ed future. And yet, that is what is hap­pen­ing here and now. If you would like to know about the school to prison pipeline check out ACLU’s source page.

Cost Of War

CostWar

This poster is in a per­pet­u­al draft state, but I though I’d put it out here. What is the cost of war? Our human ser­vices, com­mu­ni­ty life, fam­i­ly secu­ri­ty and our abil­i­ty to feel empa­thy. Drones lev­eled at one soci­ety are metaphor­i­cal­ly point­ed towards our own. Being lulled into a false sense of calm, of dis­tance from the ugli­ness of war, is tem­po­rary. It will come back to bite us in the b.….