Money, Schooling, and Educators: Creating a Critically-Informed Movement for Monetary Reform and EcoJustice
Coincident with the founding of the U.S. Federal Reserve System in 1913, the newly-founded U.S. public high school excluded political economy from its curriculum. Thus, over time generations of Americans have been stupefied regarding money and the relations of production and exchange between and among us and with our ecosystem. Although today there is more money in circulation than ever before, public schools (and the state, county, and municipal governments that fund them), college students, and community organizations don’t have the money we need to pursue our education. Building on the “Money and Democracy” workshop, this workshop by members of the American Monetary Institute will help participants to understand (1) the systemicsource of corporatization and privatization of public schooling, and (2) how monetary reform is the funnel toward a future of full funding for public education, emancipation of student debtors, and abolition of tuition at public colleges and universities, among many other social and ecological goods including fairly paid and environmentally sustainable work with benefits for all. We will then discuss (3) how educators can engage middle grade, high school, and college students, and adults of all ages and constituencies, in nurturing political economic literacy so as to build a critically-informed movement for monetary reform and ecojustice.