This testimonial from Professor Sean O. Murphy (Occupy Oklahoma City, OKC) answers this question with eloquence.
Regardless of our disciplinary loyalties, educators help students make sense of the world and claim their places in it. Ideally, as each generation becomes smarter than the one that came before, the world becomes a better place. For many educators (and ones who ascribe to the idea of critical pedagogy, in particular), the belief that we are collectively advancing this goal is the very reason that we do what we do.
Sean O. Murphy’s testimonial unmasks the sheer futility of the educational enterprise in light of the U.S.’s current economic and political policies.
If you are an educator and part of the 99%, and you recognize that our nation’s youth should represent hope for a better future (obtainable by more than 1% of them), please stand with Sean O. Murphy and me and other educators by supporting Occupy Wall Street.
And PLEASE pass it on! Our nation’s children depend on YOU!!!