If you are following the saga of Dr. Camika Royal, you will remember that Gary Rubinstein posted a video of her addressing the Philadelphia summer institute of TFA, some 700 young people who will work in the Philadelphia public schools (which is laying off teachers).
Gary sent the video to me, and I wrote a post, but before I could put it online, the video mysteriously disappeared. There was some pushback, as both Gary and I get an email from someone warning us that Camika was not going to be used by “the anti-reform movement” and that she was a loyal servant of the reform movement.
Yesterday evening, I got a tweet from Camika, addressed to both me and Gary, with a new statement by Camika published on Huffington Post and including a transcript of her speech. I was mentally cheering. I posted how pleased I was and how impressed I was by her courage.
Now apparently the video is back up again. I don’t know who took it down and I don’t know who put it back.
Here is a comment that includes the video.
Some people think that TFA acts like a cult. It programs people and it expects everyone to follow the party line or be ostracized.
My advice to TFA is this: Let Camika be Camika. She’s smart, she’s articulate, she thinks for herself. Don’t muzzle her. Hear her.
|Good morning, Diane ~Every day when I open my email, I see your new blogs and a daily email from Ken Derstine, Save Our Schools Information Coordinator in Pennsylvania, He, like many of us work tirelessly and yes, I am sure the hope by the reformies is that we will ALL become reform weary, like Camika Royal talked about in her speech.Ken’s “Pennsylvania Education Crisis Updates” can be read about DAILY on his blog: Pennsylvania SOS [Save Our Schools] on this link:http://www.pa-sos.org/ . Ken does a great job keeping this updated and provides readers a model we can all follow.
He and Helen Gym, Parents United PA are dedicated to saving public schools, along with Philly Acts. The students in PA are very organized as well.
They are folks to follow on Twitter: @KenDerstine @ParentsUnitedPA @PhillyActs
Now, back to the topic, Camika Royal.
We’re not going to play into the reformy’s hands. We’re just getting this party started and like Camika, we’re going to speak out. And when Camika was speaking out, her revolution was being televised.
When I opened Ken’s email this morning, there she was on You Tube. I thought to myself, “Wait, that video was taken down! It probably won’t work. Well, give it a try. What can be hurt?”
Well, low and behold: “It works!” In this modern world, “the revolution will be televised.” Here is Camika saying every word we needed to hear — in Pennsylvania where the reformies are trying to kill public education and Camika stands up and says NO!
Thanks, Diane. I thought your readers would like to hear Camika’s outstanding speech!