Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Teach the children well

Left of Centrist has posted a piece about some Chicago H.S. Students who face Expulsion Following an Antiwar Sit-In. HELP NEEDED.
Please go over and take a look. If we lose our right to speak out we've lost everything.


Blogger dawn said...

I signed the petition, amazing what goes on in this world. I can't wait to see the tiles, goodluck

11/06/2007 09:44:00 AM  
Blogger Ingrid said...

signed sealed and delivered. Excellent story for making aware the intolerance of civil disobedience. I am not surprised at this though. I think that public schools are the first stop for controlling the masses and there is (a) zero tolerance going on..
They need more signatures, I better post on this or link to your post..

11/06/2007 12:06:00 PM  
Blogger Gary said...

Amazing! Sounds like Pakistan...

I hope those young people find the courage to work for justice after experiencing this. And yes, it needs to be known.

My daughter and friends organized almost 100 kids to wear black cloths across their mouths and remain completely silent for a school day, in honour of those who are silenced around the world.

When the Principal tried to stop them, with threats, the teachers stood up for them - all but one voted in support and 2 teachers asked for permission to join them. The Principal backed down and it was one powerful day in a small town high school.

Power to the kids!

11/06/2007 01:51:00 PM  
Blogger enigma4ever said...

I will head right over...our kids are our greatest resource...more than oil...and Gary is right we should be watching Pakistan...carefully....thanks mary...

11/06/2007 09:55:00 PM  
Blogger The Future Was Yesterday said...

Just signed it. Kids are kicked out of school for valuing human life, while a bunch of Democrats help Bush be able to kill and torture more! I better get off here before I say what I really think...(:

11/06/2007 11:47:00 PM  
Blogger msliberty said...

I signed too. Thanks for the heads up Mary!

11/07/2007 01:59:00 AM  
Blogger bluegrrrrl said...

Thanks for this important action item, Mary...
This is just one reason many young people are afraid to stand up and speak out...their voices are so important, we can't afford to silence them...

11/07/2007 10:49:00 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

Thanks so much everyone!

11/08/2007 09:53:00 AM  
Blogger QUASAR9 said...

Love it
Crossby, Stills, Nash & Young.

And we are still singing the same song

11/09/2007 06:41:00 AM  
Anonymous fairlane said...

What a load of utter crap. I can understand if they suspended them for a couple of days, but expulsion?

Come on. Obviously these kids are some of the smarter ones in the school (Hence the protest), and now they're going to expel them?

Being intelligent does not pay in this country.

11/10/2007 09:24:00 AM  
Blogger Robert Rouse said...

Our friend Lobo, who you met in DC, spoke at the school board meeting about this. His words burned quite a few ears. Of this I am sure!

11/10/2007 01:40:00 PM  
Blogger Fran said...

I can not find that article on that blog. Can someone please copy & paste it here?

11/11/2007 01:45:00 PM  
Blogger Fran said...

Cancel that previous request.... your link got me there. They are well on their way to 8000 signatures!

Students chose to walk out of class, so, yes they should get an absence ding-- but expulsion & legal charges for those 17 & older? No

This is a freedom of speech issue.
Let's hope this administrator reviews the constitution, before making his final decision.
The point of education is to keep students IN school. Let them do community service in the school.

Sometimes they try to set an example by going overboard w consequences. I called my son in sick one day @ school because he was going to do a "real life history lesson". He was moved to be arrested at our congresspersons office on an anniversary of the Iraq war. It was a non violent action and many were arrested that day.
I was there to support him.
By the way- he took the Advanced Placement History Course, passed it & got college credit for it. His real life history study did not adversely effect his academic program.

11/11/2007 02:16:00 PM  

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