Regular readers will know she is nothing short of awesome–and now, thankfully, healthy too. She’s the grandma with a pink streak in her hair, the triceps of a 30 year old (darn her), the love for her granddaughters like nothing you’ve ever seen, 50 years of education advocacy that’s showing no signs of ending, and the passion to take on the establishment from marches on Washington to…well, blogging. She started her blog at 69, and if you haven’t checked out Going Public, this is the time to do it. Here’s why.
She and I share the belief that every child in the country deserves the best education they can get. And that public education is the cornerstone of any democracy–I subscribe to the notion that any society is as strong as its weakest member. Which is why I’ve been a longstanding advocate for issues that benefit all kinds of mothers, children, and families, and not just mine.
So what I’m advocating for now (soapbox alert) is the Going Public documentary which she is making. And I’m helping.
If you think our public schools are having problems, they are. But it’s not what you think.
There is a conspiracy (and yes, I am using the word conspiracy, and yes, you know I also am about 99% sane except when it comes to milk in my cereal which I still think is gross) by really bad, really powerful people, to dismantle public education and privatize it for profit. It usually goes by the name “charter schools.”
(EDITED TO ADD: I should add here that there are some great charter schools in neighborhoods that really need them. When done right, they’re valuable. But with only 18% of them outperforming public schools…well, keep reading. I also want to be abundantly clear that this is not a documentary about demonizing charter schools. So many are amazing. And essential. And working. It’s a film about following the money, which leads to a whole lot of special interests with their hands in our children’s education, which is started to create a tremendous class and racial divide that’s hurting the country.)
And do you know [correction] some charter schools are kicking kids out if they are underperforming in order to keep the tax dollars coming? Because the real truth is that Yeah, let’s not work with kids who are slow in reading or have special needs. Let’s just dump them somewhere else where we don’t have to bother with them.
And it’s unconscionable if we as parents, stand by and let it happen. At least, that’s how I see it.
We’ve set up an IndieGoGo page to help raise money to complete the film, and I’m asking if you can contribute. If you can’t, maybe you can pass it to someone who can.
This is a big deal.
Whether or not your children (like mine) are in public schools, they will grow up with peers who are. College roommates. Work colleagues. And as we all know, our society is only as strong as its weakest members. If we don’t get the truth out, and fight to get the very best for every child in this country, we’re going to pay for it later.
If you know my mom, and the effort she has put into this, and the amazing people she’s interviewed already, like Diane Ravitch and Peter Cookson you know this is going to be amazing. I really hope you can be a part of this with us.
(And psst..no pressure or anything but we’ve got a week left on IndieGoGo.)
I’m so proud of my mom. Crazy proud. Here she is at 70, not just trying to change herself, but trying to change the world.
I want to be her when I grow up.
Psst…if any of my readers contribute $250 or more, please email me at mom101[at]mac.com. I’ll throw in a free graphical ad for your blog, website or company on Mom-101 for a month. In addition to whatever other cool stuff you get through the campaign.