Nate Easley wants to silence student voices

Wait…what?  Did Nate Easley just try to keep Montbello-area students from speaking truth to power about the closure of their schools?  Watch the video and judge for yourself…

So…maybe if he DID actually listen to student voices as he claims at the beginning at the video, perhaps he’d hear them say, “We don’t want you to carve up Montbello High,” sort of how these fine young people are saying here…

Thanks to EdNews for making the student video available.

Get a grip, Nate Easley. You were elected by the parents of these students to put their interests before any climbing up the political ladder you might have in mind.

2 thoughts on “Nate Easley wants to silence student voices”

  1. In the January 2010, issue of Denver Westword, Nate said charter schools are “a tactic as part of a larger strategy. Until you get into a situation where they serve every student, it’s a tool in the toolbox, not the entire plan.”
    The meaning of a “tool” when applied to people is someone who does not make decisions or statements for themselves. Rather, they parrot a party line and act more on what others may think of them than on what is right. Turnaround seems to be the only toolbox Nate has. I am sure parents and students are not tools and do not want to be led by “big tools”.
    Comments constantly refer to lack of parent involvement. If children are upset because their parents are upset, we are involved. It does not matter what the child’s age is, or whether the child is emotional, we need you to get the message. You are personally responsibility for the damage you will cause with hardhearted decisions based on an oppressor’s desires. We, the parents, will deal with the tears every day and the board cannot deal with the tears for a few minutes?

  2. Utterly shameful. What bothers me the most about this, in addition to the blatant attempt to silence student voices they know will most likely be critical of them, is the assumption that they can tell when a kid “knows what they’re talking about” and when they don’t. I highly doubt that. Moreover, adults are never required to prove their knowledge of an issue before speaking, and we know there are plenty of adults out there who are clueless but vocal nevertheless (including school board members and district leaders…). If we start encroaching on people’s First Amendment rights because we think they’re too uninformed to exercise them well, we’re going down a really scary path. Who gets to decide if someone “knows enough” to speak their minds? And why should anyone feel empowered to silence others in that way?

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