The Nation magazine released its “Progressive Honor Roll of 2013” where it names “heroes both for their accomplishments of the past year and their determination to do even more in 2014”–and they made some great picks!
Most valuable book went to Diane Ravitich for here masterpiece of truth-telling, Reign of Error. “Most Valuable Musical Partnership” went to Bruce Springsteen and Tom Morello for their relentless rocking for justice–including dedicating the song “American Skin (41 Shots)” to Trayvon Martin at their live shows. The Stranger received a well deserved “Most Valuable Newspaper” award for their support of Kshama Sawant, the Socialist Alternative candidate who defeated a corporate Democrat to win a seat on the Seattle City Council!
I am proud to say that The Nation picked the Seattle Education Association as “Most Valuable Union”, citing the importance of the MAP test boycott! As well, the organization I helped found, the Social Equality Educators (SEE), received recognition for the critical role we played in helping to spread the MAP test boycott to schools around Seattle, which ultimately helped ignite a national movement in opposition to high-stakes standardized testing. And of course, it was the courageous actions of the teachers at Garfield High School–especially the math, reading, and language arts teachers–who launched the whole effort.
This great struggle of the MAP test boycott that erupted in January of 2013 has forever changed my life and I want to personally thank the team of close collaborators who helped organize the day-to-day efforts of the boycott. Mallory Clarke, Jessica Griffin, Kit McCormick, Kris McBride: your courage has changed the world.
You can sign up to follow the Social Equality Educators on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Social-Equality-Educators/169703146420873
And you can follow developments in the MAP test boycott at: http://scrapthemap.wordpress.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/SolidarityWithGarfieldHighSchoolTestingBoycott
Read those websites, then start your own revolution.