Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Last night's SOS Webinar was great

CTU Pres. Karen Lewis, flanked by Jitu Brown, Rev. Jesse Jackson and Dyett High School student Diamond McCullough at Operation Push
Thanks to all who attended our SOS Webinar last night with Karen Lewis and Jitu Brown. Biggest crowd ever for one of our webinars and the capacity crowd stayed til the very end. Lewis and Brown were over the top. For those who missed it, I'm told you will be able to see it in full on the SOS website in a few days.

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.

1 comment:

  1. Mike,

    After a long day working at DPS I wasn't looking forward to the webinar. It all gets to you at a point you know. But the webinar was exactly what I needed. The energy that Karen Lewis has and the task she is tackling with the her membership is inspiring. Children in Chicago must be protected from this insanity. I do not know how any of these corporate and bureaucratic people define democracy. What we are experiencing here in Detroit is anything but.

    Peace to you today. Thanks for all that you do.

    In solidarity,
    Ann K. Crowley


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