By Mark Naison
The movement to unionize America’s low wage workers is an important compliment to the movement to strengthen and protect public education.
Strong schools require strong families and strong neighborhoods. People who have to work two or three jobs to support their families don’t have time to be involved in their children’s education, either at home or at school. Raising their pay allows them to better fulfill their citizenship obligations. That is why those who are attacking unions in the name of strengthening schools are so misguided. In the US today, unions are more a part of the Solution than a part of the Problem.
We need to make Arne Duncan, Bill Gates, Obama, The Clintons and other so called liberals etc realize their ” Education Reforms” have failed miserably and have lost public support.
Swarm them every opportunity you get, via email, on twitter, in social media. Bombard them with the evidence of their own failure. And warn them of the political consequences of adhering to failed and unpopular policies.
The pressure is working. They are feeling it. On Testing. On Charters. On Common Core. On Union Busting and Attacks on Tenure and Due Process.
Smash the linkage between “liberalism” and School Reform
And above all remind them that a War on Teachers is not a War on Poverty.
We have enough problems with Conservatives trying to dismantle public education entirely.
We don’t need Liberals doing the same thing under a different name