“That is the force of resistance. It has a moral power, it has a truth. And that truth exposes any totaliterian forces, including our corporate masters for who they are. And it is our job, each of us, in whatever circumstance we are in, to find the courage to stand up and speak that truth, and damn the consequences. When you speak that truth, that good, it draws to it the good. And it is the good that will bring them down.” -Chris Hedges
A lot of people ask me why I do what I do. Why I write about education so much. Why I attack instead of cooperate. Why I question instead of answer. Why I fight instead of surrender. Why I resist every single word that comes out of my Governor’s mouth. Why I believe everything coming out of the Rodel Foundation serves no child, but rather a hedge fund or a company’s bottom line. Why I can look any member of the State Board of Education in the eye and tell them in no uncertain words, “This is wrong.” Why I disdain those who have the power to stop all of this but enable it instead. Why I fight for parents to opt out instead of opting in. Why I sound like a crazed madman coming out of the wilderness when I tell people, “Don’t just opt out of the state assessment, opt out of the personalized learning too.” Why I connect the dots on all the pieces of the puzzles and say, “Don’t believe this is a good thing. Not for one second.”
The people who are doing all of this, they can’t relate. They don’t know what it is to be on the bottom. They don’t know the struggles most of us go through. They are relentless in their methods. I will speak until I can’t. I know the difference between genuine and fake. I know when the same words are being said over and over and over again, it is a script. A script designed to be force-fed to all of us until we numb our brains into believing it. This is why. Everything Chris Hedges says in this video is why.
I would rather be shunned and ridiculed than cower to any of these pieces of trash that want to take something good from children and replace it with corporate dividends. I would rather be laughed at than to believe the lies. I would rather be given a look of pity than a handshake of compliance. I will not give up the fight. I won’t stop until these people are exposed for the frauds they are. I will stand up for parents and children even if I am the only one standing. I believe the rights of parents and students are more important than the rights of the test-makers and the corporate shakers. I will fight for the rights of all children at risk even when their supposed advocates are leading them down a path of destruction designed to swallow their lives whole.
I will resist.