On Memorial Day those who sacrificed their lives for our country are honored for their sacrifices and their shared belief in American values.
We did not sacrifice our lives for corporate profiteers and politicians who declare non-college ready children as failures.
We did not sacrifice our lives for corporate profits for schools that deny access to every one of our children’s children’s children.
I did not risk my life and watch my buddies die to have my children’s children labeled as failures because they are not college ready in third grade.
We did not risk and sacrifice our lives to assure corporate profits for standardized tests that are set up to fail 70% of our children’s children’s children.
We did not risk and sacrifice our lives to have our children’s children denied access to public schools run for privatized profits.
We didn’t consider any of us failures because we were not college ready by third grade.
We didn’t sacrifice our lives to have our children’s children condemned as failures because they are not college ready in third grade or any grade.
Please note: These are all my personal comments and thoughts as I contemplate the meaning of Memorial Day. I myself am not a veteran. My family members and friends were scarred, wounded and killed in Vietnam, Korea and World War II. Today, we honor the dead who made the ultimate sacrifice for American values. I believe today’s corporate education reform behavior toward our school-age children is insidious and against all that we hold dear.
Memorial Day is not meant for mattress sales, or drinking and driving. Nor is Memorial Day a day to meekly bow our heads to corporate profiteers who mock and defile the sacrifices made by our honored dead.