This Is Not a Test: Jose Vilson at SOS

Yesterday I posted about  Matt Damon‘s powerful speech in support of teachers at the Save Our Schools pre-march rally in Washington D.C. on Saturday 30th July.

I spent some time last night watching the videos on YouTube of other speakers at the rally. Diane Ravitch made a very impassioned speech as did Jonathan Kozol but the contribution that really resonated with me was Jose Vilson, Maths Teacher, who gave an impassioned performance of a poem called “This Is Not a Test”.

Here was an example of a person showing his passion and his concern and also by his deeds showing that there are just some things that cannot be tested  like creativity, interest and innovative ideas.

I do not know if the Save Our Schools Campaign will change things at all but it gave America and the wider world the opportunity to see teachers standing up against the attacks they have been suffering and say the things that they wanted to say about the reasons they went into the profession in the first place and why a narrow test-based curriculum is  wrong.

I couldn’t be there but the videos on YouTube gave me a good feel for the occasion and are another example of how events that happen almost anywhere find themselves uploaded onto YouTube within (sometimes) minutes. This is yet another example of the importance of the site as a resource for education.

 

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