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Acting against reorganization

April 5, 2007 am30 6:31 am

The DoE’s reorganization is directed against us (NYC’s teachers) and against the system of public education as a whole. I am absolutely convinced. But is everyone?

Here’s why I ask: at last week’s delegate assembly, we voted to co-sponsor (with parent groups?) a demonstration against the reorg. Look, we have seen dedicated groups of parents show up at Bloomberg’s Chancellor’s town hall meetings to make their anti-reorganization feelings known. We had, what? 1500? show up at a small demonstration/meeting in the east 30’s.

But I would guess that most people in NYC don’t know what the reorganization will do. OK. It’s possible to take action in a way that helps educate them. I think most parents don’t know what the Chancellor is doing. Once again, not insurmountable.

Demonstrating is the right thing to do. So how do we convice our colleagues?

But I also think most teachers don’t know what’s at stake.  Am I wrong? They don’t trust the DoE or the current administration. But do they object to specific provisions of the reorganization? Have they been convinced that there is something here worth demonstrating over?  I am not too certain what the main talking points should be. When Randi spoke at the DA, she carefully laid out a fairly complicated argument, and was greeted with fairly tepid applause. She simplified the argument, and made it a bit louder, and then the crowd roared with her, for her.

So we need a refined message, and we need to start reaching folks with it, our own folks. We are building a demonstration. What are the 1, 2, 3, 4 points we are emphasizing?

And as we develop a more compact, more easily understandable argument, we need to tailor it to our own members first. Demonstrating is the right thing to do. It was the right decision. So how do we convice our colleagues?

3 Comments leave one →
  1. April 8, 2007 pm30 9:33 pm 9:33 pm

    Why don’t teacher’s trust the DOE?

  2. April 9, 2007 am30 6:22 am 6:22 am

    You really don’t have an idea? You might start by asking your own colleagues.

    I think part of the small school movement is designed to get teachers to think like administrators and not interact with our colleagues. Talking to each other is an important way to counteract this.


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