Saturday, March 30, 2013

Resisting the "Inevitable" in Education Reform

Parents, teachers and principals who are reluctant to violate their conscience by subjecting children to the soul destroying, developmentally inappropriate tests that being imposed by education authorities around the nation are never really engaged in serious discussion. Instead, they are told these measures are inevitable, and that resistance is either illegal or damaging to the school or school district they are located in. But all resistance to immoral policies is initially inconvenient and illegal. Read Dr King's "Letter From Birmingham Jail" and you will see that many of the arguments used against those protesting school closures and abusive testing were once used against those using non-violent civil disobedience. So do not be discouraged by the difficulty of the task before you, the intimidation you face from authorities and the seeming indifference of good hearted people to what you are trying to accomplish. All great movements for justice begin with a small band of people willing to take risks to change the course of history

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