|CTU Pres. Karen Lewis, flanked by Jitu Brown, Rev. Jesse Jackson and Dyett High School student Diamond McCullough at Operation Push|
My next stop is the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) pre-conference in St. Louis where I'm speaking on "The Politics of Literacy: Taking on Chicago's power structure." Yes, the struggle for literacy is a central part of the battle here in Chicago and nationally, against the testing madness of the current system of corporate reform. My webinar guests made it clear last night that neither racing to the top nor longer school day gimmicks are providing the neediest kids with the kind of learning environments they need to become literate and engaged citizens.
Special thanks to great Univ. of New Mexico prof Rick Meyer, for the invite. Rick is an SOS activist and president of NCTE's Whole Language Umbrella.