NORMA HARRISON FOR SCHOOL BOARD Why I’m A Candidate

My campaign is committed to enabling and furthering those efforts that are being made and that can be made to reduce and end age segregation. Division of activities by age is becoming to be seen as an erroneous basis for making us study, teach, learn, work, play. Separation of people by age is painful. We miss each other through the day. Separate care facilities are inadequate just because they cannot let us be together in ways that feel good and that are useful as well.
The separation serves the system we live in. For the youngest people, they’re isolated to where they are prepared to fit into the system. The middle aged people are given jobs that on the overall fit into the capitalist production design. Older and old people either still must work – at exhausting jobs, or are kept from working, kept from being part of the community in the very important relationship of being a productive contributing member.
Other people are kept from working; unemployed people, physically or mentally handicapped people who yet have ability to work, people who are classed as too young.
‘Education’ is separated from our daily lives; people are appointed as teachers regardless that all of us, all ages, are teachers, learners, all our lives. Learning and teaching have been formulated into the commodity relationship; the teacher must sell it and the students must buy it.
Our interests and abilities are separated; living is comprised of what are made into undesirable chores by their social status, largely by the income and benefits gotten by doing the work: school; work; maintenance of home.
As school director I’ll emphasize continuing and expanding discussion of how these contrived separations serve the present social system, furthering that discussion so we can develop the ways for us all to live reasonable, integrated lives pleasantly rather than these rather uncomfortable lives, constantly striving, usually falling too far short of people’s initial, idealist, lovely goals.
AGAINST SCHOOL “How public education cripples our kids” [children], and why By John Taylor Gatto http://www.wesjones.com/gatto1.htm
John Taylor Gatto is a former New York State and New York City Teacher of the Year and the author of The Underground History of American Education. He was a participant in the Harper’s Magazine forum “School on a Hill,” which appeared in the September 2003 issue. “I taught for thirty years in some of the worst schools in Manhattan, and in some of the best, and during that time I became an expert in boredom.”… http://johntaylorgatto.wordpress.com
And read Eric Fromm’s, Escape From Freedom and The Art of Loving
Paul Goodman’s Growing Up Absurd, and Paul and Percival Goodman’s Communitas, designing planned communities for planned economies so we can plan us all having a good time here – while we’re alive, not to wait until we’re dead to live.
Bowles’ and Gintis’ Schooling In Capitalist America.
Why Johnny Can’t Think:The Politics of Bad Schooling by Walter Karp (from Harper’s Magazine, June 1985) http://www.sourcetext.com/grammarian/johnny.html
All these will tell you about how bad school itSELF is. None has THE answer. I offer tools to build our answers.  Recognize the purpose of school. Then we can do what we need and like to do together.

normaha@pacbell.net

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