I don’t want to march for…anything.

So, I am going to Disney World.

I don’t want to march for the survival of public education.

I don’t want to march against an unqualified U.S. Secretary of Education.

I don’t want to march for the right of teachers to unionize and collectively bargain in every state of our great union.

I don’t want to march against the privatization, corporatization, and monetization of education.

I don’t want to march to abolish the need for GoFundMe requests, where teachers beg for school supplies and creative teaching materials.

I don’t want to march for equitable funding between neighboring school districts, within states, and among all states in the “United” States of America.

I don’t want to march for the recruitment of young people to earnestly join the teaching profession so that my future grand babies will have a large pool of eager, fresh, and enthusiastic teachers.

I don’t want to march for the collection of box tops to fund playgrounds that are under-utilized due to the pressure of over-testing.

I don’t want to march for air conditioning in schools.

I don’t want to march for higher teacher salaries.

I don’t want to march for neglected schools facing urban blight or rural poverty.

I don’t want to march for the protection of my undocumented students.

I don’t want to march for greater respect for teachers.

I don’t want to march for quality, affordable health care for my students and their families.

I don’t want to march for factual science education.

I don’t want to march for the rights of my LGBTQ students.

I don’t want to march so that my non-white student’s lives matter.

I don’t want to march for democracy’s survival.

It is 2017, I should not feel compelled to march for basic human rights in the richest country in the free world.

So, I will spend July 4, 2017, in the “happiest place on Earth,” pretending that all is well in the world. For a week, I will be fantasizing that the marches are not necessary and that my rights are not limited by the whims of politicians.

Then, on July 22, 2017, I will proudly wear my soft, blue shirt and walk in my sensible shoes, to promote the best democratic institution this country has: PUBLIC EDUCATION!

Join me! The March for Public Education on July 22, 2017 is critical. Please consider following the March For Education Blog Publication, following on Twitter, liking the page on Facebook, participating in the march, and donating to the march.


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