You may have read this essay in the recent Truthout posting but just in case you haven't.... The final part has some fine suggestions for anyone inspired. If Occupy goes bust, as I'm afraid it has (or will), this might be an alternative. I’ve copied and pasted that last part below:

We Have Everything We Need Already: Community Control of Education

Saturday, 05 May 2012 00:00

By Beverly Bell, Other Worlds | "Birthing Justice" SeriesInspired? Here are a few suggestions for getting involved!

Be a mentor to the next generation by befriending and spending time with neighborhood kids or your friends’ children. Share your work with them, invite them to see a documentary, visit a local farm, or just take a walk.

Find learning partners and potential teachers in your community. Look for more formal apprenticeship opportunities with artists, farmers, or business people. The NACT Sustainable Agriculture Project keeps a list of farming apprenticeships (

Since one size does not fit all, explore education alternatives to traditional schooling for you or your children. The Alternative Education Resource Organization’s website lists democratic schools in the US ( Don’t see the school you want near you? Check out AERO’s Start a School Program (

Check out Passageworks (, Teachers 4 Social Justice ( and Teaching for Change ( to find resources and action items for both educators and parents wanting to build more just and caring schools.

And check out the following resources and organizations:

Shikshantar: the People’s Institute for Rethinking Education and Development,


Rethinking Schools Online,

Alianza para la Educacion Alternativa,

Institute for Democratic Education in America (IDEA),

Swaraj University,

Institute for Humane Education,

M.K. Gandhi, Hind Swaraj or Indian Home Rule (Dodo Press, 2008)

Grace Llewellyn, The Teenage Liberation Handbook (Lowry House Publishers, 1998)

Margaret Wheatley and Deborah Frieze, Walk Out Walk On: a Learning Journey into Communities Daring to Live the Future Now (Berret- Koehler Publisher, 2011)

Deborah Menkart, Alana D. Murray and Jenice L. View, Putting the Movement Back into Civil Rights Teaching: a Resource Guide for K-12 Classrooms (Teaching for Change and the Poverty & Race Research Action Council, 2004)

John T Gatto, A Different Kind of Teacher (Berkeley Hill Books, 2001)

Ivan Illich, Deschooling Society (Marion Boyars, 1973)

John Holt, Instead of Education (Penguin Books, 1976)

Myles Horton et al., The Long Haul: an Autobiography (Doubleday, 1990)


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