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Stop McSchools in Portland!!

The Portland Public Schools administration is attempting to very
quickly push through a change in policy that would mandate for every
public school a standardized curriculum using textbooks developed by
the big national publishing companies...
Monday Feb 12th 7:00pm. School Board Meeting
Stop McSchools in Portland!!
Rethinking Schools: Textbook Alert
Monday Feb 12th 7:00pm. School Board Meeting
601 SE Dixon (just north, across the street, of the Coliseum/Rose
Garden complex)
Portland teachers, parents, and students need our help at a School
Board meeting on Feb 12th.

The Portland Public Schools administration is attempting to very
quickly push through a change in policy that would mandate for every
public school a standardized curriculum using textbooks developed by
the big national publishing companies and costing over $4 million.
Particularly in the high schools, and in history, social studies,
and science, required use of the texts and prohibition of other
materials (unless approved) would destroy the many very promising
programs at every Portland high school, including the use of the
book, Power in Our Hands by Bill Biegelow and Norm Diamond, an
amazing story with role plays of labor and work history in this
country. Of course the administration has hinted that some programs
will be exempted (like Lincoln High School and the International
Baccalaureate perhaps), which would create a two tiered system, with
some elite programs having rich engaging activating curricula while
the rest of students would be slogging through lock step teaching
using homogenized sterilized (if colorful and expensively printed)
texts.
244 teachers, the great majority of impacted high school teachers,
have signed a petition asking the school board to delay
the "adoption" and consider it with the care and diligence that such
a momentous decision deserves. They will be gathering at the BESC
building, public school headquarters, at 601 SE Dixon (just north,
across the street, of the Coliseum/Rose Garden complex) at the
School Board meeting that starts at 7:00pm. But come a little
earlier. The Rethinking Schools teachers have asked for our help,
and the testimony will be fascinating. If you're so inspired,
bring signs with messages like: Good Schools - Not McSchools, Good
Schools for All - Not Lock Step Curriculum, Slow Down the Process
For more information, or if you'd like to speak to the Board, call
bill resnick at 503-234-2306, or 503-803-9373 (cell).
The Textbook Publishers Are Behind This 11.Feb.2007 19:35

book guy who knows

During the past decade, the textbook publishing industry has been consolidating to the point where there are now just two publishers controlling the market. These publishers get into the ears of administrators with whispers of sweetheart deals if they buy their sterile, overly priced and overly packaged texts. And these texts they renew more and more frequently, making the previous ones "obsolete" so that students (parents) can't resell the books on the used market and have to buy the new ones.

These textbook giants are becoming like government and administrator for the kids' lives, brains and future slave livelihoods, and they must be stopped!

Another Good Reason to Walk Away From Institutionalized Compulsory Schooling 12.Feb.2007 09:00

Unschooler

Consider unschooling your children...schools didn't make sense before this, nor did they 10 years ago, nor 20, nor 30, nor a 100. Complusory schooling kills the love of learning and the ability to self-teach.

Underground History of American Education:  http://www.johntaylorgatto.com

"Come explore unschooling.com, where parents and children have learned to trust themselves and each other!":
 http://www.unschooling.com

Family Unschoolers Network:  http://www.unschooling.org

Unschooling at wikipedia:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unschooling

The time has come to consider options to all the not-so-obvious systems of control that take away our humanity...public schools do what they do not by accident, but by design. Imagine a world where the children don't disappear during the day, but join the rest of us in our daily lives, making a living, eating meals, going to the library, going for walks, exploring the world, rather than wilting to each tick of the clock inside a brick building built to do little more than contain them.

follow up? 14.Feb.2007 17:17

revphil

I would like to hear how things went down. please report!