Chicago Joins Thousands in March to “Save Our Schools”
Chicago Teachers Union activists boarded a bus to Washington D.C. to participate in the “Save Our Schools March and National Call to Action” on July 30th. Thousands from all over the country convened in the nation’s capital to march and discuss ways to fix the American education system. The messages of the march – stop punishing teachers in the name of “education reform” and end unnecessary standardized tests.
National education activists and bloggers organized the event, which was sponsored by prominent education advocates including our own President Karen Lewis. Noted speakers were: Diane Ravitch, Deborah Meier, and Jonathan Kozol.
One of the speakers who brought national attention to the event was Matt Damon, who spoke in defense of teachers, against overtesting, and in support of public schools. His mother is a teacher.
The march allowed people from all over the country who are passionate about public schools a chance to meet and discuss ways to bring their ideas back locally. Many utilized social media applications like Facebook and Twitter to connect with each other.
Adam Heenan, delegate from Curie High School attended the march said, “I was sending out bits of wisdom from speakers like Diane Ravitch during the march over Twitter. Many teachers who couldn’t make it out to the march appreciated it. Other marchers read my ‘tweets’ and we were able to connect during our time in D.C.. Social media is a great tool for connecting people in our struggle.”