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.
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?
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.
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.….