The War Report on Public Education, May 24, 2015
A Conversation with Dr. Victoria M. Young - A Calling to Parents and Public - Where Art Thou in the War on Public Education?
Some of the critical topics covered on the show will be:
- Do America's citizens understand that public policies have resulted in severely unequal and inadequate education particularly for disadvantaged children?
- Do the American people genuinely believe in providing equal educational opportunity for our millions of children in low performing schools?
- What will it take to profoundly redirect America's fundamental flawed and destructive "test and sanctions" law and policies so that schools improve and provide ALL our children a good education?
Victoria M. Young is a mother of two, a doctor of veterinary medicine, and a long-time advocate for public schools. She is a parent who spent 20 years of service in classrooms, on school committees, and in her community devoting a large part of her life to fighting for quality public education for ALL children. She has organized fundraisers and efforts to save our schools through policies and practices.
In her own voice . . . “As a long-time advocate and activist for better education for the children of my own impoverished community, my objective now is to help people understand the need for each of us to become a force in pushing for excellence and equality within the institution we call the public education system.
Regrettably, many people do not grasp the concept of equality in educational opportunity thus making it impossible to explain the “what” and “how” of real education “reform” in America. But that is what I continue to try and do.
Educating my community about education, establishing better communications of ideas and results, promoting science education, and assisting in developing a plan for my schools to improve was where I began. In the process, I learned first-hand about the pitfalls and failures that others before me had also experienced. To say there have been no mistakes would be to deny a chance to learn.
I became a writer not to write a book, but to help demystify the failures of education reform in hopes of preventing those same mistakes in the future.
I know of no other book that brings forth the forgotten piece of educational history that led to our first national law aimed at providing equal educational opportunity. Please read 'The Crucial Voice of the People, Past and Present: Education's Missing Ingredient, 2nd edition'.”
Her book 'The Crucial Voice of the People, Past and Present: Education's Missing Ingredient' is a call to action for America's citizens to stop being passive and take back our public education and schools.
'The Crucial Voice' explains the most commonly heard complaints from the public about their schools and puts them in the context of solutions. It is based on the premise that we have the answers to what ails public schools but we fail to understand how politics and policies have adversely affected classroom practices. Hear what voices from the past and present have to offer in the way of alternative solutions that have withstood the test of time and scrutiny of research.
Young presents important insights into what can be done to “fix” America’s public education system. Her research and observations are eye opening and provide all readers with a galvanizing focus on what needs to be done and how to get there. But most importantly, the book energizes parents with new ideas and tools to improve the schools in their own communities. ‘The Crucial Voice of the People, Past and Present’ is a call to the public education system to openly listen and to communities to make their voices heard.
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.