Skip to comments.Wisconsin Students Planning School Walkout to Protest End of Collective Bargaining
Posted on 03/10/2011 1:10:29 PM PST by EBH
Thanks to a controversial legislative maneuver, Wisconsin's Republican Governor Scott Walker's plan to end collective bargaining for his public employees passed the state senate Wednesday night. Now, in a stunning show of solidarity with their teacherswho, as union members, now have no bargaining rightsWisconsin's high school students are planning a grassroots school walkout, and they want to take their protest national.
Wisconsin Students in Solidarity is asking for the nationwide walkout to happen this Friday, March 11, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. local time. Less than 12 hours after being formed, the Facebook event, Nationwide Student Walkout, has almost 2,000 "attendees" from across the country and student-led copycat groups and events are springing up on the social media hub.
In an email, the coordinator Jesse Banks, a senior at Wisconsin's Madison East High School said the group is calling for national participation
not only to send a unified student message in support of teachers and schools, but again to use this as an opportunity to educate students around the nation on the attacks on public education that are occurring in Wisconsin. There are students everywhere who care about these issues and we want to encourage them to make their voices heard, to get active and get involved.
Banks said the Wisconsin protests have had a "strong high school presence" over the past several weeks. Apparently, the idea for the walkout "came out of an entirely student-run meeting." Given the enormity of the decision made by the Wisconsin legislature, the students, "wanted to do something that added visibility to how the attacks on unions and schools are harmful to kids."
Banks acknowledged that some student participants "will be better informed than others, just as some adults are better informed than others." To make the walkout educational, the students are also holding a teach-in on the Library Mall in downtown Madison to discuss the "effects of collective bargaining elimination on public education, as well as the proposed education cuts in the Biennial Budget."
With these student-led protest efforts underway, it's a little harder to make the case that teens are apathetic and don't care about social issues. Whether you agree with their decision to walkout or not, this is democracy and free speech in action.
photo via Steve Alfaro/Wisconsin Students in Solidarity Facebook Page
Yes, I am placing this squarely in the laps of parents...
Do you know where your children are? It is time to discuss 'real life' with them and burst the socialist dream and brainwashing?
What type of walkout starts at 2pm? School is practically over for the week. LOL.
They didn’t end collective bargaining. The compromise measure allow them to bargain for wages.
“as union members, now have no bargaining rights”
Isn’t this a lie????
I thought it left collective bargaining in place for salaries, no?
Man, it would be nice if all my UD students took the day off.
Plan a major test late in the afternoon. No makeups allowed.
Probably not ~ this is Wisconsin anyway. it’s cold, wet, snowy, nasty out there ~ they are going to walk around in it then drink hot chocolate while their mommies come down to the basement to dry them off with big fluffly towels.
Making good little socialists out of them.
Well if this actually does happen, it will be a handful of students. They don’t care about Wisconsin and it’s an excuse to get out of school.Nothing more, this is weak.
Parents will turn a blind eye and attribute this as a “learning experience” in civics. They don’t want to be responsible for their kids from 8-5 because they work and have been trained to believe that the public school system takes over these hours.
Keep telling the lie until they belive it.
I bet you like some of them. I wouldn’t be a bother. Your books are on my “to-read” list and I enjoy your spots on FNC.
I put her in Catholic school and my next two kids went "Catholic", too. Never regretted it for a moment!!
It’s the Unions through the teachers that are pushing the students to do this.
Wonder how much ‘extra credit’ they are getting for those grades....
Who cares if the brainwashed students walk out. Let ‘em. Maybe its better - enroll them in an educational program that actually teaches them about the freedoms and values our country was founded on.
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