Civil Rights Leader James Meredith on Saving Public Education

Published Octobre 17, 2012 by Diane Ravitch’s blog

“‘There is no real difference between the two candidates and parties when it comes to the most critical domestic issue of our age, public education,’ Meredith says. ‘Both Obama and Romney are in favor of multi-billion-dollar boondoggles and money-grabs that have little or no evidence of widespread benefit to K-through-8 children or the community at large, like over-reliance on high-stakes standardised testing; over-reliance on charter schools and cyber-charters; and the funding and installation of staggering amounts of unproven computer products in schools.’

According to Meredith, ‘Education is much too important to be left to politicians. They have failed. They came up with No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top, both of which are largely failures. It is time for parents, families and teachers to take back control, and to step up to their responsibilities to take charge of education.’

His solution? ‘Storm the schools,’ says Meredith, echoing the challenge he issues in his book A MISSION FROM GOD, which has been compared by one reviewer to a work by Dostoyevsky and hailed by Publishers Weekly as ‘lively and compelling.’ He says, ‘I call on every American citizen to commit right now to help children in the public schools in their community, especially those schools with disadvantaged students.’ He also suggests that citizens flood the schools with offers to volunteer to read to young children, and flood every school board and political meeting to demand that politicians and bureaucrats justify, with concrete evidence, every proposal made and every dollar being spent on public education, line by line.

Read more: http://dianeravitch.net/2012/10/17/james-meredith-on-saving-public-education/

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