CLASSROOM STRUGGLE

Strategy and Analysis to Defend and Transform Public Education

About Us

Contact us! Our email is classroomstruggle @ gmail.com


Click here for our Vision, OUSD Program and Strategy written in the 2013-2014 school year

Click here for the Classroom Struggle Caucus of OEA Teacher Points of Unity

OUR 2011 FOUNDING MISSION
ClassRoom Struggle is the newsletter and blog of the organization of the same name, ClassRoom Struggle. We are a group Oakland teachers, parents, substitute teachers, after school instructors, youth workers and community activists.  With this blog and our print newsletter we confront the continuing destruction of quality public education for the working class and people of color in Oakland and across the United States and thus the elimination of our childrens’ right to learn and grow. Our youth, full of creativity, passion, energy and wisdom, deserve better. We do not fully understand the changes our communities are going through and this ignorance holds us back from transformative change, but it is crucial that we face our ignorance straight on. The price of doing nothing is much greater. We know that Oakland has a powerful history of struggle and resistance against oppression. Most importantly we are certain that Oakland has the power to demand what our communities deserve and need, a system that serves and is accountable to its community rather than profits from it. This is a call to rise up! This is our call to knowledge! This is our call to you! Together lets fight for what we know and fight to find out what we do not! Read on with open minds. We promise you, this is only the beginning.

5 comments on “About Us

  1. Sándor John
    March 30, 2013

    Hi — I was looking at your site and am curious to know if you’re familiar with the NYC-area Class Struggle Education Workers (newsletter name is “Class Struggle”).

    Here is the site: http://edworkersunite.blogspot.com/

    SJ, NYC

    • ClassroomStruggle
      April 1, 2013

      Sure we’ve heard about them. They’re associated with the Internationalist Group right? Do you work with them too? What do you think of our blog and organization?

  2. Sándor John
    April 1, 2013

    What is the best email address to write you off-line? Mine is s_an@msn.com

  3. Chenee Marie
    July 3, 2013

    Hi,
    My name is Chenee and I’m part of the team at Open Colleges and a frequent reader of your site. I’ve been reading your articles and I thought you might like this piece my colleague just wrote titled “The Perils of Standardized Testing: 6 Ways It Harms Learning”.
    You may want to look at it and find our list of resources to be useful and worth sharing. The link to the post is here: http://www.opencolleges.edu.au/informed/features/the-perils-of-standardized-testing/.
    Please let me know what you think. And if you can feature it on your blog, I’d be really thrilled!😀.

    Chenee Marie Quia-Eo
    Community Outreach Specialist, Open Colleges
    | m: 09328504568
    | e: chenee.quiaeo@oc.edu.au
    | w: http://www.opencolleges.edu.au

    • ClassroomStruggle
      July 15, 2013

      Hi Chenee,

      I found the article very interesting too. I think it reflects a growing body of evidence of education experts that standardized tests measure more peoples’ socioeconomic status and than actual knowledge or ability. But still I find it very telling, as the article states, that 75% of countries use standardized tests. Moreover, in many countries the growth of standardized tests is increasing. And this is not by chance either. These policy changes are being recommended from the highest echelons of global governance, including the World Bank and OECD. So I ask you, considering that many education experts consider standardized tests to be fairly bunk science, why are our business and political leaders increasing the amount in our schools?

      Thanks for reading the blog!

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