The War Report on Public Education, 05/07/2015
The War Report on Public Education Dr. James Avington Miller Jr.
Special guests Gus Morales, Terry Preuss and Dr. Jesse Turner
"Profiles in Courage in the War Against Public Education - Spotlight on Gus Morales and Terry Preuss"
Please join host Dr. James Avington Miller Jr. this Sunday for the first show in our "Profiles in Courage in the War Against Public Education". Every war has its heroes - those brave and courageous individuals and groups who put the good of the many over their own well-being. This series will be spotlighting some of these fearless and selfless heroes.
This week will be featuring two union leaders - Gus Morales from Holyoke MA and Terry Preuss from Broward County FL, as well as hearing again from Jesse Turner.
Gus Morales is now facing a non-renewal of his contract (for the second year in a row) because of his strong leadership as union president and his strong stance against testing and for authentic education.
Terry Preuss has bravely led a group of FL union leaders who have slowly been unseating incumbents! They won 6 seats the first election and 7 this last election. Of those, they now have 12 who are philosophically aligned! They are the Broward badass caucus of BTU and are TAKING their union back from the power elites who have forgotten their job is to serve members!
Here is some information about Gus - https://poeticjusticect.com/2015/06/23/defending-gus-morales-please-stand-with-a-great-teacher-and-leader/
Watch Gus in action as he testifies at the Philadelphia City Council Standardized Test hearings on November 19, 2014
We will also be getting our weekly update from Jesse - the Walking Man - Turner about his walk from CT to DC.
Here is Jesse's blog where he is writing about his encounters during his walk - http://childrenaremorethantestscores.blogspot.com/
The format of THE WAR REPORT ON PUBLIC EDUCATION explores one of the most important events in our life time - the total takeover of our educational system by corporate interests. This show is about the 'corporate' war on public education and the rising public resistance movement to the war. Dr. James Avington Miller, Jr. invites guests from all over who join the rising public resistance movement against the corporate greed taking on our public school system. He is interested in growing a grass-roots movement here in the United States and in Europe against the 'corporate interests' that are limiting both teachers and students everywhere.
This October 2015 he is taking his show on the road as he embarks on a very special project. His long awaited project ‘The People’s Story' is an effort to reach out to those individuals whose voices are not being heard in educational arenas everywhere. He will be interviewing, filming and collecting stories from parents, teachers, students and community members in the rural and urban areas of the Eastern United States to include Maine, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Maryland and Washington D.C. Many lives are being impacted and harmed by the ongoing corporate war on public education that exists today. The consequence of the rapid privatization of our schools is inhumane and devastating to our teachers, schools and most importantly, our children.
His primary mission is to create a documentary/television series for PBS and the Arts & Entertainment Channel that will expose the human cost of man’s inhumanity to man. The objective is to document people’s stories from each state and create a one hour TV Episode for that state evolving into a 30-35 part series. Dr. Miller expects to have the first TV show ready by next summer. This will propel the ‘corporate war on public education’ front and center as a local, state and national campaign issue. Determined to awaken the world on a national level by providing a series of programs that will lead to understanding the whole picture – he hopes to demand an end to the Corporate Elite and their destruction of public education.
Dr. Miller is seeking funding for ‘The People’s Story’ project from friends, family and the public to cover the expenses that this will entail. If you care about the future of education, please support this most important project and be part of history in the making. This has been and will continue to be Dr. Miller's dream to complete and certainly his life's legacy.