N
   

Donate Email Alert Links Photo Gallery Mumia' Abu-Jamal's Radio Essays Prison Radio

Prison Radio
Mumia' Abu-Jamal's Radio Essays
Photo Gallery
Links/Resources
Mumia Email Update
Donate
Mumia Gear
Radio Programmers
Contact Us

 

PLEASE DONATE

 

Mumia Abu-Jamal's Radio Broadcasts

Higher Quality Audio files available info@prisonradio.org

Copyright 2010 Mumia Abu-Jamal/Prison Radio

"Teachers Baaad"

Recorded 3-9-11

1) 2:29 Teachers Baaad long Mp3

2) 1:57 Teachers Baaad short Mp3

"Teachers Ba-ad!"
[col. writ. 3/9/11] (c) '11 Mumia Abu-Jamal

   Have you noticed that politicians flit from boogey-man to boogey-man, a process of demonization that is usually little more than misdirection from more pressing problems?
   According to a number of new governors across the country, the newest boogey-men (and I guess boogey-women) are teachers, who are portrayed as greedy, selfish, and overpaid.
   Now -- honestly -- who better fits such a profile: teachers, or politicians?
   But politicians control the public purse -- and the microphones of power. They are thus well-placed to scapegoat people who are often the hardest working, least thanked, least respected and poorly paid public workers of them all: teachers.
   Every school year, tens of thousands of teachers dig into their own pockets to purchase pencils, markers, paper -- and sometimes books -- for other people's children.  Each year, some local government or school board slashes staff, divides a budget, or cancels a school construction contract, for they know that teachers -- being teachers -- will make do. They accept it, because many of them love teaching children, and see it as more of a mission than a job.
   At bottom, this is about politics -- not economics.  It's about crushing teachers unions that trend Democratic, and donate millions to Democratic candidates. It's also about the goal of weakening and destroying public schools, the better to promote the business of private education.
   Like many political ideas, it's penny wise and pound foolish.  For it discards the central role of every society, since antiquity, to teach the young how to survive in the world to come.
   Public education is failing today not because teachers are paid too much, or educational institutions are awash in too much public money; rather, they are getting too little.
   This is especially so where the need is greatest, in America's central cities, where funds are raised through property taxes and many parents dwell in rental housing.
   The erection of the business model means those who can afford the luxury of education -- and only them - will be able to buy it.
   It also means the further crumbling and erosion of the empire.

--(c) '11 maj

 

 

PLEASE CONTACT:
International Concerned Family & Friends of MAJ
P.O. Box 19709
Philadelphia, PA 19143
Phone - 215-476-8812/ Fax - 215-476-6180
E-mail - icffmaj@aol.com
AND OFFER YOUR SERVICES!

Send our brotha some LOVE and LIGHT at:
Mumia Abu-Jamal
AM 8335
SCI-Greene
175 Progress Drive
Waynesburg, PA 15370

WE WHO BELIEVE IN FREEDOM CAN *NOT* REST!!

Submitted by: Sis. Marpessa

Subscribe: mumiacolumns-subscribe@topica.com
Read: http://topica.com/lists/mumiacolumns/read
Subscribe ICFFMAJ email updates list by e-mailing
icffmaj@aol.com!

[Check out Mumia's latest: *WE WANT FREEDOM:
A Life in the Black Panther Party*, from South
End Press (http://www.southendpress.org); Ph.
#1-800-533-8478.] 

"When a cause comes along and you know in your bones that it is
just, yet refuse to defend it--at that moment you begin to die.
And I have never seen so many corpses walking around talking about
justice." - Mumia Abu-Jamal

For additional information and to order Mumia's new book We Want Freedom,

visit: southendpress.org

Check out Mumia's NEW book:
"Faith of Our Fathers: An Examination of the Spiritual Life of African and African-American People" at www.africanworld.com