There certainly seems to be a culture of protesting and harnessing all that “teenage angst” at Jones College Prep. Moody explained that in 2005, a “school-wide civics lesson” was created to help students understand how state and federal budget cuts might affect their school. A “full school-wide field trip” was created – approved by the Chicago Public School law department – and students walked to a building downtown where “there was going to be a protest.”
Pictures posted on the Jones College Prep website show then-CPS CEO and current Education Secretary Arne Duncan participated in the protest.
Coming tomorrow: At the recent National Action Network conference, Duncan addressed the issue of schools teaching students how to protest and using children at those protests. He couldn’t possibly endorse such practices, could he?