I don’t think it comes as any shock that I lean towards activism, being proactive more than reactive. I’ve done my share of complaining and griping and venting, so I am with those who vent as well. It is good to voice your opinions AND listen to the other side, hoping they will listen to your POV (point of view).
It does not always happen that way, if at all. Look at what happened in Wisconsin, with the reprehensible acts of fascism under Gov. Walker. While one of the most blatant attacks on education, there are many more going around the country and the world.
Yes, my main focus is centered on firmly helping to establish Arts-In-Education. I feel the arts are not, in education or daily life, something that should ever experience funding cuts. To me, the two go hand in hand.
It’s not just “your child,” as people without children or without those in school presently have stated as to why they don’t want their tax dollars spent for educators and education. This is for the future, of our country and our world. I do believe that we have to focus on the long term, wide view point angle of the situation. If everyone did SOMETHING, we’d have a better chance of making positive changes. The entire system does not need to be rebuilt from the ground up, but it does need repairs and re-imaginings of the chaos that is in place now.
When I ask you to do something, any little thing helps!
- Sign a petition
- Donate money, if possible
- Peacefully Protest
- Write to your senators, congressmen, mayor, governor, whoever…and often!
- Boycott industries that support Education and Arts budget cuts.
- Attend School and Arts Budget meetings
- Hold peaceful school and community rallies
- Share blogs and websites promoting what you believe in
- VOTE for the right people to be in office (if they exist), not party lines