Why Are Activists Occupying the Department of Education? Watch the Livestream Here

Posted by Liz Dwyer

Is the dominant model of education reform—market-based solutions, standardized curriculum, and plenty of high stakes testing—what our public schools and students really need? Not according to a grassroots group of concerned educators, community activists, parents, and students who are heading to Washington, D.C. this week for Occupy 2.0: The Battle for Public Schools.

The event, which takes place from Thursday, April 4 to Sunday, April 7, 2013 will feature a who's who of speakers eager to raise awareness about the real impact of current education reform trends. As organizer Shaun Johnson says, "if current trends continue, our education system will become entirely vocationalized—perpetuating both class-based and racial apartheid, and teachers will eventually become short-term, at-will employees without the protections available to intellectual professions."

Can't make it to D.C.? The event will livestream here on GOOD every day starting at 9 AM EDT. The schedule of speakers and events is available here.

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