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My political story

My parents were solid Roosevelt Democrats and that's how they raised me. I flirt with pragmatism but only as a tool towards the ultimate goal. As an educator, it's my duty to teach all about how things really are, and what they COULD be. Now, I've also found a cause in the corporatization of public education and the embrace of it by Democrats such as Rahm Emanuel, Barack Obama, Andrew Cuomo, and epitomized by Arne Duncan.

Why I deserve a Netroots Nation Scholarship

There are still those on the left who are enamored of school choice, Common Core, overtesting to the elimination of all else, and the corporatization of public education. They need to be educated. We do not need people like Arne Duncan in charge of education. That's like having Joe the Plumber in charge of the American Medical Association. I'd like to go to Netroots Nation to spread the Gospel of the Badass Teachers, and to use it as a forum to grow our National March in Washington which will be taking place one week after Netroots Nation.

What first inspired me to get involved

The 2008 election was the first one where I really followed the on line community and I started lurking. I started blogging during the Health Care Wars of 2009, just putting my opinions of the issues of the day out there for all to ponder and discuss. Then I discovered the Badass Teacher Association and I've started getting into on line activism.

The blog post I am most proud of

As I've mentioned, for the longest time, all I did was write my opinions on various issues. My best work to date from that period is a piece of political analysis about the 2012 election--about how all the pundits were so confused that President Obama was leading the polls.

More about my political involvement

I am a member of the Badass Teacher Association. We affect change through making our voices heard in things like board meetings and in various on line and mass actions of that sort.

How I've gotten others involved

I have used my social media accounts to engage fellow teachers and parents and educate them about so-called education "reform" and the evils of Common Core and the corporate takeover of public education. I've also recruited for the Badass Teacher Association.

Why I think participation in the netroots is important

In today's world, if you're not connected, you're nothing. We saw the Republicans' version and look how well they did. Through the netroots, you can immediately organize a vast number of people to do an immediate action in response to something, where even as recently as five years ago half of the media platforms we use today didn't exist.

My Twitter manifesto on online activism

Don't be on the wrong side of the BAT-Swarm

If I could design a bumper sticker it would say:

Leave Education to the Educators

My wild idea for a cool new action

My petition would be first to end the coupling of teacher evaluations to test scores. I'd then have it also read to eliminate corporate-generated standardized tests in favor of teacher generated exams which accurately assess EACH separate child and each of his or her unique abilities and attributes.

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