How Current School Reform Policy Maintains Racial and Economic Inequality
Appendix: Artifacts of Resistance
We end the book with a set of artifacts of resistance to complement the examples of struggles and social movement that are discussed throughout the book. They are a collection of speeches and actions taken by the educators and youth doing this work every day. First there is a speech by activist Asean Johnson given when he was nine years old, from Chicago, Illinois. Asean has become a nationally prominent speaker against various aspects of racist neoliberal school reform in Chicago and beyond. His reprinted speech from a 2013 rally on school closings in Chicago makes clear the devastating effects of racial, neoliberal reform strategies on youth and their communities. The Dreamyard Action Project is a New York City–based youth organization, and their 10-point platform, modeled after the Black Panthers, was a critical response to the impact of mayoral control. The Teacher Activist Group (TAG) platform provides a national scale response to current school reform. TAG is a network of educator-activist groups from different parts of the country, of which NYCoRE is a member. The platform is an articulation of what these local organizations, collectively, believe to be the foundation for a just educational system for all youth, families, and educators. Finally, we have images and documents from the Stand-Up-Opt-Out campaign organized by the Prospect International High School in Brooklyn, New York. The teachers at the high school refused to administer state exams to their students who are all newly arrived immigrants and were set up to...
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