What started as a one day event has grown into a weekly
movement across America. People who support public
education will be wearing red
While wearing a certain color on a certain day will not solve the numerous problems facing public education, it will build awareness and create a sense of unity amongst those who currently feel they have little say when it comes to what happens to our nation's public education system. Many of those who feel this way are those impacted the most by our public education system: teachers, parents, and students.
By wearing red, people will be symbolizing not only their support of America's public education system, but also their disagreement with many of the education reforms, programs, and policies currently being implemented. While we don't claim to have an easy solution for fixing our public education, we do have many ideas, and are demanding that they be heard.
Some of these ideas include:
INSTITUTING RESPECTFUL REFORM THAT MAKES SENSE
While we agree that our nation's schools are in need of reform, we disagree with the current methods of reform that are being promoted. Instead, we call for reform that respects the people who are most involved in the public school system: teachers, parents, and students.
CREATING A SYSTEM THAT PROVIDES FAIR FUNDING FOR ALL SCHOOLS
The current system sets schools up for failure depending upon their locations. It also has created a race between state school systems that deems some schools winners and others losers when it comes to receiving funding. We call for fair and equitable funding for all schools, no matter where they are located.
AND MAKING SURE THAT ALL STUDENTS HAVE QUALITY CLASSROOMS WITH SAFE ENVIRONMENTS
Right now, some schools have all they need and more while others are struggling with the bare minimum--or less. Curricula are designed to meet the needs of a test instead of the needs of the students. Some students are fearful walking to school, walking home from school, and while actually inside the school itself. We call for quality education for every student. This means providing the resources, curricula, and teachers necessary for students to receive the type of education they deserve and creating a safe environment conducive to learning.
This is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the ideas that we have, and to not listen to our ideas would be fundamentally un-American. It is time to put the public back into public education.