Friday, December 9, 2011
Schools Are The Next Great Front of Struggle in the Occupy Movement in NYC
I have said it before and I will say it again- school closures-along with evictions and foreclosures- should be the next great front of struggle for the Occupy Movement in New York City. Nowhere is the subversion of democracy by the Bloomberg Administration more visible than in its control of the schools- from its rubber stamp Panel for Education Policy- to its hiring of expensive consultants while school aids are laid off- to its utter refusal to accept the input of students, teachers and parents on policies which undermine the relationship between schools and neighborhoods. This issue will be heating up in coming months, and is a perfect vehicle to get high school students involved in political activism, where they will learn a lot more than in schools who, on the Mayor's orders, are driving out any kind of creative learning in the name of test prep!