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Socialist Solutions for Public Education
October 2, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
On the one hand, we have Andrew Cuomo as the dominant candidate, who oversees the most segregated school district in the country. His reactionary agenda starves schools of the resources they need, while further squeezing teachers. This has led to an environment where education, rather than be first and foremost about childhood development and enrichment, is about numbers and test scores. The security apparatus inside places of learning shines a light on how this administration views students and all the ways educational policy is interconnected with the racism built into our society.
On the other hand, the ongoing teachers strike wave is showing in states from West Virginia to Washington to California, that there is a growing movement in response to the devastating attacks our public schools and our teachers have sustained over the last several decades. Students, teachers and parents in NYC are also at the forefront of this resistance. Students are organizing against metal detectors and the police presence in schools. Teachers have launched an initiative around Black Lives Matter in Schools to fight institutional racism. Students, parents and teachers continue to fight the testing regime and to get ICE out of our school where immigrant children should be allowed to learn without fear for themselves or their families. In these fights we draw inspiration for the future of public education.
This resistance is both inspired by, and shaped by, a growing identification with Socialism. There is a growing recognition that politics as usual are not going to solve the problems we face and cannot hold back the attacks on our quality of life and our children’s futures.
This panel, featuring socialists from different organizations, aims to put forward an alternative to Cuomo’s logic this election. For us, the question is not about who wins this fall, it is about how we use this moment to put forward a vision of what our schools can be like if we are the ones running them. We aim to build towards an electoral vehicle that truly represents our interests.
We are excited to have Jia Lee and Brian Jones speak on this topic. They are both long-time educators, activists and socialists. More speakers to be added soon!