#SaturdaySchool started as a weekly hashtag chat about academics and rights-based issues — but it’s more than that. It’s an idea about protesting misinformation that is funded by corporate media and perpetuated by ignorance . #SaturdaySchool is a weekly digital teach-in intended to cross social media platforms. It doesn’t even have to happen on Saturday. A teach-in is a kind of protest that involves boycotting a previous behavior to learn and teach. That’s what #SaturdaySchool is all about.
Here’s how it works. Each Saturday, I announce a topic and will post a list of resources for that topic on my website Funk & Beans, sharing the link on my various socials media networks. During the day that Saturday, I will Twitter chat about the topic and those resources; I hope you will share additional resources on the topic with me. But this isn’t where #SaturdaySchool ends. You have homework.
Share the resources. The objective is to inform and inspire your social media networks — not to just have a chat on Twitter. Share the resources provided for the topic on all your social media platforms, email an article to colleagues, post a video for your family to consider — get the information out. #SaturdaySchool isn’t about retweeting @ProfRagsdale — it’s about each one of us making a difference by learning and teaching. The objective is to get information out, to counter commercialized and consumerist propaganda with data and analysis that values human life. In fact, if you don’t like the topic or don’t think it’s as important as something else that week, choose something else.
No one is late to #SaturdaySchool — participate any time, any day of the week. You don’t have to take time off work to protest with #SaturdaySchool; do it from home; make it easy on yourself, but show those you influence that you are invested in improving our information resources. Remember: The point is to use some time each week to resist deluge of myth-making misinformers with something better –> facts, critical analysis, and compassion.
A teach-in is an excellent form of protest because it is non-violent and inexpensive, but it’s also powerful because it takes advantage of our collective and invaluable resources of knowledge. A teach-in has both long and short-term effects, and it’s good for those who are teaching and those who are learning. Be part of the solution — education is the first step.
* Please enter suggestions for #SaturdaySchool topics in the Comments section. I will see you at the teach-in!