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Fighting For Our Classrooms, and For the Human Beings Inside Them

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That includes arts programs. "Imagination is not a state," said William Blake, "it is the human existence itself."

The purpose of education is to help us fully realize and express our identities, and to enable us to exercise our freedoms wisely. Anything less means we are a society that is neither fully human nor fully free.

It's time to declare our unequivocal support for education that draws on the best of us, in a humane and just way. It's time to reject the cynical values that choose profits over people -- especially the youngest people among us.

It's time to declare that each and every one of our nation's children possesses a rare and precious quality, whether their schools are in the Hamptons or Harlem, Northampton or the Navajo Nation, Arcadia or Appalachia.

It's time to declare that each is, fully and profoundly and beautifully, human.

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(Courtesy of the Opportunity to Learn Campaign.)

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 Sir,  I am so glad to see your article ... by Ad Du on Sunday, Jun 16, 2013 at 9:18:10 PM
hard for ... "Education reforms", never telling th... by Ad Du on Sunday, Jun 16, 2013 at 9:31:32 PM
We spend $809.6 Billion annually on education. &nb... by foggygoggles on Monday, Jun 17, 2013 at 10:43:12 AM
 For instance, US is large enough (I imagine)... by Ad Du on Monday, Jun 17, 2013 at 3:06:35 PM
Discipline (in school, especially, but at home to... by Ad Du on Monday, Jun 17, 2013 at 3:16:40 PM
in addition to way smaller better schools, and hig... by molly cruz on Monday, Jun 17, 2013 at 12:05:41 PM
For more than 60 years liberals have hijacked the ... by Bill Johnson on Monday, Jun 17, 2013 at 4:01:08 PM