I wonder what would happen if schools threatened with being closed had a strong opt out movement. I imagine this will not happen because parents in schools in that position would have a tough time organizing opt-out and principals and those above would freak out. And teachers would be intimidated. Just a dream.
I'm a bit late to this party, since the film was released March 4 - I was still celebrating my birthday - Still am.
Our old pal, film maker Michael Elliot has been doing a series of short videos on various education issues with Kemala Karmen, all standing up to ed deform concepts. Share this with those you know on fb and twitter. (See below for instructions on best way to do it.)
We're hoping YOU will commit to sharing one or both of Johanna's videos (we have an English version AND a Spanish version) with your friends and networks.
How do you heal the inequities that plague our schools? Hint: Not with high-stakes tests. Parent Johanna Garcia speaks movingly about the the damage that ensues when you “make it about the tests.” #OptOut2018 (También en Español https://www.facebook.com/groups/nycoptout/permalink/1974697522792869)
- Go to the S4E FB page (for English) and/or NYC Opt Out FB page (for Spanish) and locate the pinned post.
- Watch the ENTIRE video (THE UNCOMFORTABLE TRUTH/LA INCÓMODA VERDAD…) in the pinned post. (By watching the whole video, you encourage the FB algorithm to send the video to more FB feeds.) Don’t worry; it’s less than 2.5 minutes!
- Like/react (with the FB emojis) and comment on the video on the S4E or NYCOO page (for the same reason as above).
- Use the Share button to share to your Timeline. Choose the option Write Post.
- Add a headline/caption to entice your friends to watch the video. Do not use words like “share” or “go viral.” Recent changes to the FB algorithm makes FB downgrade those sorts of posts. Instead, consider writing something that makes a personal connection: “This really spoke to me.” “I couldn’t agree more.” Pull out a quote that resonated with you.
- We have a change in the tagging strategy!!!! Tag people in the headline you create. This is the silver bullet of social media power! Try to tag a minimum of 5 people. You can tag as many as you want. Try to tag people who aren’t already members of the education activist community! We are trying to break out of the bubble of activism and into the general public.
- Whenever you see the video--shared on a friend’s page, a group page, etc—“Like” it and leave a comment. This step is crucial to keep momentum going.
- Locate the video and hit the retweet button. Then “Quote” the tweet if you’re on your phone or tablet, or just comment if you’re on your computer.
- If you would like, you can aim your reTweet by adding these twitter handles at the beginning of your quote or retweet. By doing so, these people will become aware of Johanna’s message and so will people who follow their handles.