1. occupyedu:

(via March 1st Day of Action for Education Transformation Blogger March #occupyeduM1 « Cooperative Catalyst)
Today all over the country students, educators, parents and community  members are taking part in  Day of Action for Education Transformation.  There are many ways to support this day of action. One way is to make  your voice heard online. Today we will be collecting blog posts and  twitter/facebook status message and pictures and posters in support of  this day of action for education. Please joins us in a Blogger March,  our collective vision and collective voice for real education  transformation is important and powerful!
Here are a few ways you can take part:
Please  join us by making your voice heard at Occupy Education and submitting a  picture of why and how you are Occupying Education!  
Submit your Occupy Education Pictures here Please share with us your  stories of powerful learning in community. Take a picture of yourself  holding a sign that highlights a few ways you are transforming education  and/or share the countless, unique ways you help to keep democracy  alive in public education. If you are a student, tell us what helps you  learn best. Tell us what would make learning more meaningful for you. If  you are a parent, tell us what kind of learning environment you want  for your children. Tell us what schools should be focusing on. Below  that, write “I occupy education.” or “I occupy my classroom” If you  don’t show your whole face, please show at least part of it. Please have  your note be hand written. Please do your best to be concise. Reclaim  your voice in education transformation.
here are a few examples

  Share your voice via a blog post and make public why you Occupy Education!

Topic ideas:  
Reclaiming Our Voice In Education!
 Student Voice (why it is important)
What kind of learning environment do you want for yourself, your students, or your children?
How do you put the public back in Public School?
How do we provide space for democracy in the classroom?
Is school an environment for democracy?
or anything you feel relates to education and the occupy movement? Submit the links here or email them to Coopcatalyst@gmail.com
Please use the hashtag #occupyeduM1


 Please Join us at Occupy Education on Tumblr,Facebook and Twitter!
Add I occupy education or I march for education…. on your status and keep them up today.
Contact your School Board, your Congress person, your local DOE,  email Arne Duncan, or others and tell share with them your vision of  education transformation.
Bring up education at your workplace, or school, or class, or any place your gather today.
As we stand up to rally on the steps of city hall or at the  Department of Education, or at school board meetings or state capitals,  let us rally for a Transformed education, for a positive vision of  learning, for education and learning that matters.
Let’s use our energy and our coming together to OPT IN to what we  want our education to look like, and start to collectively move both  locally and nationally towards these visions.
What is your positive vision for a transformed education?

    occupyedu:

    (via March 1st Day of Action for Education Transformation Blogger March #occupyeduM1 « Cooperative Catalyst)

    Today all over the country students, educators, parents and community members are taking part in  Day of Action for Education Transformation. There are many ways to support this day of action. One way is to make your voice heard online. Today we will be collecting blog posts and twitter/facebook status message and pictures and posters in support of this day of action for education. Please joins us in a Blogger March, our collective vision and collective voice for real education transformation is important and powerful!

    Here are a few ways you can take part:

    • Please join us by making your voice heard at Occupy Education and submitting a picture of why and how you are Occupying Education! 
      • Submit your Occupy Education Pictures here Please share with us your stories of powerful learning in community. Take a picture of yourself holding a sign that highlights a few ways you are transforming education and/or share the countless, unique ways you help to keep democracy alive in public education. If you are a student, tell us what helps you learn best. Tell us what would make learning more meaningful for you. If you are a parent, tell us what kind of learning environment you want for your children. Tell us what schools should be focusing on. Below that, write “I occupy education.” or “I occupy my classroom” If you don’t show your whole face, please show at least part of it. Please have your note be hand written. Please do your best to be concise. Reclaim your voice in education transformation.
      • here are a few examples
    •   Share your voice via a blog post and make public why you Occupy Education!
    • Topic ideas:
      • Reclaiming Our Voice In Education!
      •  Student Voice (why it is important)
      • What kind of learning environment do you want for yourself, your students, or your children?
      • How do you put the public back in Public School?
      • How do we provide space for democracy in the classroom?
      • Is school an environment for democracy?
      • or anything you feel relates to education and the occupy movement? Submit the links here or email them to Coopcatalyst@gmail.com
      • Please use the hashtag #occupyeduM1
    •  Please Join us at Occupy Education on Tumblr,Facebook and Twitter!
    • Add I occupy education or I march for education…. on your status and keep them up today.
    • Contact your School Board, your Congress person, your local DOE, email Arne Duncan, or others and tell share with them your vision of education transformation.
    • Bring up education at your workplace, or school, or class, or any place your gather today.

    As we stand up to rally on the steps of city hall or at the Department of Education, or at school board meetings or state capitals, let us rally for a Transformed education, for a positive vision of learning, for education and learning that matters.

    Let’s use our energy and our coming together to OPT IN to what we want our education to look like, and start to collectively move both locally and nationally towards these visions.

    What is your positive vision for a transformed education?

    Reblogged from: occupyedu
  2. occupyedu:

(via Occupy High: A Protest of Education Funding Cuts (Guest Post by Kalila Bohsali) « Cooperative Catalyst)
Everyone has heard about the Occupy Wall  St. movement and its spread to involve most major cities and small towns  of the U.S. All of this talk about revolution and corporate take down  has stirred the hearts of activists internationally, sparking the hearts  of thousands of people, but what does it have to do with education?  What has the Occupy movement said about our education besides asking for  college to be free? It is time that education joins the occupy movement  and for these institutions we call “school” to  be radically changed.
There is one question we can all ask ourselves; How important is education to you?
It’s something we all experience during  our lives, and your schooling, whether you liked it or not, is something  that has shaped the person you are today. It’s a tool of change and it  has turned into a challenge of endurance. Knowing that you have to wake  up every day and drag yourself to a fluorescent-lighted building to sit  awake through the same monotonous schedule day after day. Go home and  force yourself to do the allotted homework, go to sleep and awake to do  the whole thing over again, five days a week is a mental climb of  perseverance.
School should be a place of  self-realization and learning, not a place of struggle. It should be  self motivated and specifically tailored to fit the students’ needs. It  shouldn’t be boring or impossible to keep up with, it should be  stimulating. It should have classes that you have to push to keep up  with and others that are enjoyable and fun.
With the continual budget cuts imposed by  governors and politicians nationwide, schools are going to have to  continue to cut the programs that really matter to us students: the  classes and electives we enjoy and that help produce our intellectual,  artistic growth; the classes that actually prepare us for our lives.
It’s time that we show the people who  make laws about our education that we take it more seriously. That’s why  we, as high school students, are fed up with the current educational  regime. We’ve decided to take a stand and show that we truly care about  our education and where it takes us.
Occupy High is a movement we have created  to illustrate this. It’s a voluntary Saturday school/ study hall to  show the people in charge of our future, to take our needs and our  voices into consideration. It involves classes taught by experts ranging  from photographer to poets to chefs, that are open to all ages. as well  as a class every week taught by a fellow student of Vista Grande. It  will be place to catch up on school-work. A place where the student can  become the teacher and community can come together to learn from each  other every Saturday.
We are standing up for what we believe is important in our lives and we encourage schools nation-wide to follow suit. Like our page on Facebook and tell us what you feel about our movement. All suggestions are welcome and all support helps, no matter how small.

    occupyedu:

    (via Occupy High: A Protest of Education Funding Cuts (Guest Post by Kalila Bohsali) « Cooperative Catalyst)

    Everyone has heard about the Occupy Wall St. movement and its spread to involve most major cities and small towns of the U.S. All of this talk about revolution and corporate take down has stirred the hearts of activists internationally, sparking the hearts of thousands of people, but what does it have to do with education? What has the Occupy movement said about our education besides asking for college to be free? It is time that education joins the occupy movement and for these institutions we call “school” to  be radically changed.

    There is one question we can all ask ourselves; How important is education to you?

    It’s something we all experience during our lives, and your schooling, whether you liked it or not, is something that has shaped the person you are today. It’s a tool of change and it has turned into a challenge of endurance. Knowing that you have to wake up every day and drag yourself to a fluorescent-lighted building to sit awake through the same monotonous schedule day after day. Go home and force yourself to do the allotted homework, go to sleep and awake to do the whole thing over again, five days a week is a mental climb of perseverance.

    School should be a place of self-realization and learning, not a place of struggle. It should be self motivated and specifically tailored to fit the students’ needs. It shouldn’t be boring or impossible to keep up with, it should be stimulating. It should have classes that you have to push to keep up with and others that are enjoyable and fun.

    With the continual budget cuts imposed by governors and politicians nationwide, schools are going to have to continue to cut the programs that really matter to us students: the classes and electives we enjoy and that help produce our intellectual, artistic growth; the classes that actually prepare us for our lives.

    It’s time that we show the people who make laws about our education that we take it more seriously. That’s why we, as high school students, are fed up with the current educational regime. We’ve decided to take a stand and show that we truly care about our education and where it takes us.

    Occupy High is a movement we have created to illustrate this. It’s a voluntary Saturday school/ study hall to show the people in charge of our future, to take our needs and our voices into consideration. It involves classes taught by experts ranging from photographer to poets to chefs, that are open to all ages. as well as a class every week taught by a fellow student of Vista Grande. It will be place to catch up on school-work. A place where the student can become the teacher and community can come together to learn from each other every Saturday.

    We are standing up for what we believe is important in our lives and we encourage schools nation-wide to follow suit. Like our page on Facebook and tell us what you feel about our movement. All suggestions are welcome and all support helps, no matter how small.

    Reblogged from: occupyedu
  3. adventuresinlearning:

Please vote for my Occupy design poster!
http://occupydesign.maker.good.is/projects/itswe
    Reblogged from: fireboys
  4. It’s not communism, it’s common sense.It’s not socialism, it’s social responsibility.It’s not anarchism, it’s power sharing.It’s not revolution, it’s evolution.It’s not you or me, it’s we.
-Alex Mendoza

    It’s not communism, it’s common sense.
    It’s not socialism, it’s social responsibility.
    It’s not anarchism, it’s power sharing.
    It’s not revolution, it’s evolution.
    It’s not you or me, it’s we.

    -Alex Mendoza
  5. Occupy Education Blogger March Day of Action N17 #occupyeduN17 « Cooperative Catalyst

    occupyedu:

    Please join us by making your voice heard! Today’s blogger march in solidarity with the direct action around the world is meant to help amplify our voice and those of other teachers, parents and students. From Portland to Wall St to Munich to Madrid, students, parents and teachers are marching for a better world for our children and our community. Make your stories and visions public today.

    Here are a few ways you can add your voice to the blogger march today and for the rest of the weekend:

    1. Submit an Occupy Education picture and tell the world  why and how you are Occupying Education! www.occupyedu.tumblr.com/submit

    2. Write a blog post and post it in the comments below:

    Topic ideas:

    • Reclaiming Our Voice In Education!
    • Student Voice
    • What kind of learning environment do you want for yourself, your students, or your children?
    • How do we put the public back in Public School?
    • How do we provide space for democracy in the classroom?
    • Is school an environment for democracy?

    Or anything you feel relates to education and the occupy movement?

    Submit the links below or email them to Coopcatalyst@gmail.com Please use the hash tag #occupyeduN17

    3. Tweet or facebook status : I Occupy Education today for___________#occupyeduN17

    Include one vision for a transformed education system or something you believe needs to change to help teachers, students, and parents reclaim their voice in education!

    4. Occupy Your Classroom: Here are some ideas:

    Hold a GA in your classroom today, discuss protesting, discuss democracy, discuss the Occupy movement, lets students voice on the lesson plan, close the textbook, push the desk out of the way, go outside, no tests, talk or do community service…..

    Please join us any way you can, and be public about it. Share with us your voices! Share with us your stories! Share with us your visions of a transformed education system!

    Reblogged from: occupyedu
  6. Money spent evicting Occupy Wall St: Over 7 Million Money spent to create jobs: Zero
    Money spent evicting Occupy Wall St: Over 7 Million
    Money spent to create jobs: Zero
  7. occupytheplanet:

Warning: Do not confuse the complexity of this movement with chaos.
[via: @rkell]

I know this is about occupy wall st, but it reminds me of teaching in a truly rich learning environment where learning is truly constructivist and learning/learner driven not just teacher and standards driven.
Learning is messy and complex lets not confuse it with chaos!

    occupytheplanet:

    Warning: Do not confuse the complexity of this movement with chaos.

    [via: @rkell]

    I know this is about occupy wall st, but it reminds me of teaching in a truly rich learning environment where learning is truly constructivist and learning/learner driven not just teacher and standards driven.

    Learning is messy and complex lets not confuse it with chaos!


  8.  Stop the Banks and Stop Banking Education
    Speech by Bob Peterson, President of the Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association on  Oct 15 2011 at the Occupy Milwaukee march and rally
     
    I am Bob Peterson, President of the Milwaukee Teachers Education Association and on behalf of the teachers union I want to let you know that we are behind the Occupy WallStreet protest today 100%.
     
    For past three decades I have taught fifth graders the importance understanding fractions and percent. Understanding percent is an essential tool for recognizing inequality and in building the movement for a more equal and just world.
     
    For the past month, heroic activists in New York City have reminded the world of the importance of percentage. The concept of percent — specifically 99% of us versus the 1% of them – is burned into peoples’ consciousness.
     
    I say thank you to those courageous and creative activists.
     
    But a social movement is not built on one encampment or rally.
     
    We need to educate our neighbors, our children, and ourselves.
     
    I teach my fifth graders that when this country was founded 100% of Native Americans were not allowed to vote. 100% of women were denied as well, 100% of enslaved and free Africans were prohibited and 100% of white indentured servants were all prohibited from voting.
     
    But those people did not tolerate their oppression. They created social movements – the suffrage movement, the abolitionist movement, workers movement, the civil rights movement and won the right to vote and expanded political democracy.
     
    But now those hard-fought democratic reforms have been hijacked by the 1%. Now we must fight not only to regain real political democracy, but to bring democracy to our economic system as well.
     
    We must stop the banks and their cronies like Governor Walker from destroying our nation.
     
    As a teacher leader I am working with other educators to stop a banking mentality from destroying our schools. The Brazilian educator Paulo Freire decried what he called the “banking method of education” where students are treated as bank accounts in which teachers deposit bits of information and then occasionally have them regurgitate what they remember on standardized tests.  Sound familiar?
     
    Instead we should have a problem-posing approach to education, where both teachers and learners are encouraged to ask deep questions and connect education to their own lives and that of their community.
     
    So I challenge the teachers who are here today and everyone else – because we all must be teachers and in this movement – to pose hard questions with your students and your colleagues.
     
    Questions like:
     
    Who are the 99%? Who are the one percent?
     
    Why should we organize our society in such a way that 1% of the population controls 40% of the nation’s wealth?
     
    Why should corporations have the same rights as individual human beings?
     
    Why should the multinational banks in this community get bailed out with billions of dollars of tax payers money and pay few taxes while the children in this community go hungry, go homeless and go to schools that are severely underfunded?
     
     Why should there not be in every public school in this community a full time nurse, a full time phy ed teacher, a full time art teacher, a full time music teacher, a full time librarian and a full time social work and psychologist?
     
    Why should the government and business leaders be allowed to continue to blame the schools for the lack of jobs in this community, when it was the captains of industry who in the 1970s and 80s moved tens of thousands of union, family sustaining manufacturing jobs overseas.
     
    Why should the parents of the nearly fifty percent of children in Milwaukee who live in poverty not be have family sustaining jobs?
     
    As a teacher I don’t tell students what they should think. But I do demand that they do think and I create environments where they explore and debate these deep questions.
     
    It’s time to build a great movement to get the banks off the backs of the American people. It’s time to get the banks and their cronies out of the halls of government and it’s time to replace the banking method of education in our schools.
     
    That is what democracy looks like!

  9. Not only is he right, but we need to remember that chants and slogans are good to gather support, and attention…but they are only that. We need more than slogans and chants. We need to have conversations about issues like this. At this point we are only 1% of the 99%… I like what Readnfight said that we all experience the 99% differently…. but also I have heard a lot of people say we just need to come together and remember this is about all of us…etc etc. We can all be together and still deal with issues that continue to divide us. Telling people they are being too sensitive or that they are distracting the cause, is demeaning, disrespectful and undermines our message, that we all together.
We should not try to be all the same, we should not push away are differences. We should hold the tension and use this energy to try to move forward. It not easy, nor it often even fun. But it will only make us better. We need to listen… stop trying to tell people how they need to act or feel. If they feel unwelcomed, there is probably something causing that… don’t get defensive, just listen, reflect and continue to be more mindful. If we are every going to make change, it will not come from just occupying wall st. It will come from social, cultural and emotional transformation. I am here for that. Occupying wall st is part of that. Occupying space is part of that…. however it was not the start nor the end!
Start occupying yourself and reflect on your own bias, privilege, mistrust, anger, love, compassion…no matter what color, what race, what class…. we can all use this energy to get to understand where are now and where we want to go. Remember we are human and no one is perfect. Seek kindness, and expect respect and mindfulness. 
My two cents.
Oh and help me occupy education!
www.occupyedut.tumblr.com
readnfight:

itsyourhomegirl:

being the “99%” in my gap hoodie. loljknot.
i saw a homeless woman walking around with no shoes in Center City. i changed my shoes 3x today. but clearly we’re the same class, cause we’re both the “99%.” or at least that’s what i’ve been told…or what people want me to say and believe.
let’s be real here; the whole 99/1 index is used as a marketing technique to be all inclusive and single out the “enemy,” the “corporations.”
what about the people that have multimillion dollar homes, multiple vacation homes, multiple vehicles, multiple degrees, multiple assets, but still don’t control corporations?  in other words: what about the petite bourgeois ? are they not the “enemy” as well? do they not support, enable, and encourage an unfair American capitalistic society that so many people suddenly want to address?
furthermore, the cries (for lack of a better word at 2 am) of the “99%” are NOT, i repeat, are NOT, any different (or more serious)  than issues that have been plaguing communities of color since the foundation of the United States.
i need to know why people want to “occupy” when the economy is no longer hunkydory, but the American economic structure has never been favorable for people of color or dirt poor white folk. WHY ARE YOU OCCUPYING NOW?
i also can’t find myself being in any agreement with a phenomenon that includes police (people are also overjoyed by the police being apart of the “99%” and them showing support for the Occupy phenomenon). i’ve never had any positive interactions with a police officer. i can’t forget police brutality, scandal, abuse, and harassment. i can’t get down with the 99%. but i can’t ignore this Occupy phenomenon either. i guess i’ll just have to keep talkin to folks and keep being critical, skeptical, and cynical about all of this.
i’ll upload videos soon. like tomorrow maybe. but in the meantime can someone provide me with some thoughtful explanations? please?
let me add this, i went by last night and you had circles of white kids playing drums while people who are  homeless were trying to sleep!! what the hell? you got people trying to sleep and you wanna have musical circles, playing flutes and shit.  hot mess! 

Saying this shit, over & over, flat out, has been draining. We can all be the 99% together, but we don’t all feel it the same way. Let’s understand that and build from there, but people are refusing to do so.

    Not only is he right, but we need to remember that chants and slogans are good to gather support, and attention…but they are only that. We need more than slogans and chants. We need to have conversations about issues like this. At this point we are only 1% of the 99%… I like what Readnfight said that we all experience the 99% differently…. but also I have heard a lot of people say we just need to come together and remember this is about all of us…etc etc. We can all be together and still deal with issues that continue to divide us. Telling people they are being too sensitive or that they are distracting the cause, is demeaning, disrespectful and undermines our message, that we all together.

    We should not try to be all the same, we should not push away are differences. We should hold the tension and use this energy to try to move forward. It not easy, nor it often even fun. But it will only make us better. We need to listen… stop trying to tell people how they need to act or feel. If they feel unwelcomed, there is probably something causing that… don’t get defensive, just listen, reflect and continue to be more mindful. If we are every going to make change, it will not come from just occupying wall st. It will come from social, cultural and emotional transformation. I am here for that. Occupying wall st is part of that. Occupying space is part of that…. however it was not the start nor the end!

    Start occupying yourself and reflect on your own bias, privilege, mistrust, anger, love, compassion…no matter what color, what race, what class…. we can all use this energy to get to understand where are now and where we want to go. Remember we are human and no one is perfect. Seek kindness, and expect respect and mindfulness. 

    My two cents.

    Oh and help me occupy education!

    www.occupyedut.tumblr.com

    readnfight:

    itsyourhomegirl:

    being the “99%” in my gap hoodie. loljknot.

    i saw a homeless woman walking around with no shoes in Center City. i changed my shoes 3x today. but clearly we’re the same class, cause we’re both the “99%.” or at least that’s what i’ve been told…or what people want me to say and believe.

    let’s be real here; the whole 99/1 index is used as a marketing technique to be all inclusive and single out the “enemy,” the “corporations.”

    what about the people that have multimillion dollar homes, multiple vacation homes, multiple vehicles, multiple degrees, multiple assets, but still don’t control corporations?  in other words: what about the petite bourgeois ? are they not the “enemy” as well? do they not support, enable, and encourage an unfair American capitalistic society that so many people suddenly want to address?

    furthermore, the cries (for lack of a better word at 2 am) of the “99%” are NOT, i repeat, are NOT, any different (or more serious)  than issues that have been plaguing communities of color since the foundation of the United States.

    i need to know why people want to “occupy” when the economy is no longer hunkydory, but the American economic structure has never been favorable for people of color or dirt poor white folk. WHY ARE YOU OCCUPYING NOW?

    i also can’t find myself being in any agreement with a phenomenon that includes police (people are also overjoyed by the police being apart of the “99%” and them showing support for the Occupy phenomenon). i’ve never had any positive interactions with a police officer. i can’t forget police brutality, scandal, abuse, and harassment. i can’t get down with the 99%. but i can’t ignore this Occupy phenomenon either. i guess i’ll just have to keep talkin to folks and keep being critical, skeptical, and cynical about all of this.

    i’ll upload videos soon. like tomorrow maybe. but in the meantime can someone provide me with some thoughtful explanations? please?

    let me add this, i went by last night and you had circles of white kids playing drums while people who are  homeless were trying to sleep!! what the hell? you got people trying to sleep and you wanna have musical circles, playing flutes and shit.  hot mess! 

    Saying this shit, over & over, flat out, has been draining. We can all be the 99% together, but we don’t all feel it the same way. Let’s understand that and build from there, but people are refusing to do so.

    Reblogged from: so-treu
  10. Fox News Survey: Do 'Occupy Wall Street' Protests Represent Your Views of the Economy?

    Guess they didn’t think we had the internet… at the Occupy sites… cause the poll is in the occupy favor… :)

    rosinhabela:

    Needless to say, Fox News has not been the biggest supporter of Occupy Wall Street. The answers provided on this survey seem clearly biased towards an anti-occupation sentiment; however, it’s interesting that about 40% of people who answered say that they are behind the movement. Feel free to vote and let Fox know how you feel!

  11. rosinhabela:

!!!

Love to add this to Occupy Education! We need a Student uprising!
www.occupyedu.tumblr.com

    rosinhabela:

    !!!

    Love to add this to Occupy Education! We need a Student uprising!

    www.occupyedu.tumblr.com



  12. I want to encourage people who can seek positive non-violence action now to just do so. While this movement it is powerful, the same energy can also be used to make change now. Use the energy of this group to put into action your visions or plans you have been sitting on… use our collective experience, to get things done…. If you can create local jobs or local projects that make the world a better place Please start doing it now… no need to wait until the movement is over.

    We all talents and passions that can be put to work, we can share time, barter and share resources, sources and knowledge…. we can look out for each other… the more we use this movement to support the community here…and the local 99%… the better we will be in the long run….. we can use this to really get to know our local community… and each others causes….. it is not that there is not great work being done….or we don’t know what needs to be done…. it that we often forget to talk to each other and support each other…. Lets do it.

    Please highlight groups in your community doing great things, working to make the world a better place. Instead of just telling us what is wrong…. tell us and share with us what is right! what is working. Places that we should be supporting.

    There is a lot wrong with the world, but there is even more that is right, we just need to look out for it!

    If you want to send me links or resources or causes. I will blog them, collect them and promote them.

    Lets be the change and Lets starts creating solutions that make the world better for everyone!

    This is a call to action! Tell the 99% what you are for!

    submit here or send them via email here 99whatwere4@gmail.com

  13. I'll Always Be Fabulous: "A libertarian is just a progressive who has not yet learned that forces outside your control can completely derail your...

    downlo:

    What is with the unsightly rash of smug, white, Galtian-types invading the 99% Tumblr?

    Don’t these people have better things to do with their time than troll? Like learn how to perform surgery on themselves or make their own toilet paper or something?

    We get it: you’re a…

    Reblogged from: xfafafabulous
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