Sunday, July 31, 2011

Matt Damon, Diane Ravitch, Jonathan Kozol Highlight Save Our Schools March

The Save Our Schools March took place this weekend in Washington D.C. The event brought together Americans from many walks of life who are dissatisfied with the direction of public education in the United States.

We, a collection of people from all walks of life and every corner of this nation, embody a mixture of ideas and opinions regarding how we can improve educational opportunities for all children. We stand united by one belief – it’s time for teachers and parents to organize and reclaim control of our schools.
As concerned citizens, we demand an end to the destructive policies and rhetoric that have eroded confidence in our public schools, demoralized teachers, and reduced the education of too many of our children to nothing more than test preparation.
A well-educated society is essential to the future of the United States of America. Our students must have access to a fully funded, world-class public education system, and it is our responsibility to hold our government accountable for providing the means to achieve it. 
One of the many endorsers of the movement is Vicki Abeles, the creator of the film Race to Nowhere which was shown at BHS last year.  Below are clips from the weekend featuring Matt Damon, Diane Ravitch, and Jonathan Kozol.

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