Monday, September 24, 2012

Student's Perspective of Chicago Strike

I ran across this article through Diane Ravitch's blog.  It is written by a Chicago Public Schools student. It appears as though Mayor Rahm Emmanuel is doing the same thing that Rick Scott did during the beginning of this term as governor. He speaks with concern about education, but does everything to prop up charter schools. Here is an excerpt. You can read the entire article here.

As a student in CPS, I would like to share the student perspective on the ongoing Chicago strike. Some may say I don't fully understand why CPS teachers are on strike but actually, I do. 
I may not understand everything to its fullest extent but I do know that our teachers are fighting for a good cause. They want us to succeed, but how can we do that when we attend a school "like Gage Park High School"? At Gage Park, there are brilliant teachers there who dedicate and devote all of their time to us, but the environment that is offered to us isn't what we deserve. 
We are a low-income school; we have to be hot during several months during the year because there are few fans and air conditioners, and no central cooling like the other fancy schools that Rahm Emanuel keeps naming during his news conferences. Why doesn't he name Gage Park? Why doesn't he name Kelly, Curie, Hubbard, Hancock, Tonti, Sawyer or other neighborhood schools? Do we not count? Are we not important? Does Rahm not want us to have a good future? 
When he visits schools, he often chooses charters, selective enrollment schools or the AUSL schools, but he almost never highlights regular neighborhood schools. He refers to us as "my children" and says he will not stand to see another generation fail, but to me that's exactly what he is doing.

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