Welcome OCS Alumni!
Slogan: "The World Is Our Classroom"
This saying echoes Global Education, which is learning for the Real World. It releases how each one may become of service through a range of ways. Letting us weigh in (compare and contrast) our effect, and it teaches us 'How To Think...' In all Education requires examining how things like the system work and how things can be changed. One of the many things loved about the school was going on field trips (learning was not limited to classrooms, but it involved age-appropriate activities offsite where we were able to explore World). Our school was not just of brick and mortar, but it became a World without Walls, the model.
Our Motto: "Teaching Children How to Think, Not What to Think"
The school (OCS) opened originally as a storefront, yet it grew and blossomed into an inspiration for educators. The school provided three meals a day, free medical care, and clothing for those in need. Classes included Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, Mathematics, Art, Music, Physical Ed, and Environmental Science. Field trips were a vital part of the school's curriculum in line with the early OCS Motto, "The World Is The Children’s Classroom."
A Heaven for the Black Community:
The Oakland Community School was similar to modern day private or alternative school. However, we didn’t coin it as such during those ole’ heydays, but we referred to it as a ‘Model School.’ In serving the community, the Oakland Community Learning Center (OCLC) provided free educational, cultural, and social programs (the survival programs).
A Touch of the Torch
Point # 5 of the 10 Point Platform and Program
We want education for our people that exposes the true nature of this Decadent American Society. We want education that teaches us our true history and Our Role in the Present-Day Society. We believe in an educational system that will give our people a knowledge of self. If a man does not have knowledge of himself and his position in society and the world, then he has little chance to relate to anything else. We were taught that before we speak on something that we must do a 'study and investigation.’ This along with the Ten-Point Platform and Program were our 'Guiding Principles' that made the distinction in the 'Movement.’
For instance, growing up in the Revolution (Liberation School), my first name is spelled ‘NE-OME’ (rhymes with H-ome), without no other letter changes. The vowels are simply ‘E and O,’ the 1st. Syllable sound is pronounced as ‘NE,’ in this way, ‘NE-OME’ is said as (NE-OH-M). Untimely, we learn to rule things out (@ processing - eliminate what it is not). In addition, the real ‘OCS Photo’ speaks volumes (as a true pix is worth a thousand words). Generally, a grown adult's ‘facial features, stature, and frame’ will not have changed much through the years. Moreover, as I gracefully age, I’m still recognizable (unaltered, beautiful, black, spiritual, well-at best), and a buffer to 'naturalness.’
Alright, in learning about the World around Us, Our Classroom, fast forward to Today’s Society! We’re living in an age of Enlightenment, Hi-tech, and a Generation of Information, yet the use of common sense is grim. Some folks are unable to grasp REALITY (willfully blind to facts/details, deliberately delusional, full of foolishness or all the above). Thus, the Media Spin could be of Constructive or Vain things (fake stuff, junk, and scams). Be sure to get 'Adequate Information from Adequate Means' (appropriate, reliable, and official sources). Be watchful of unsolicited messages or phone calls presenting unanticipated data particularly coming from 'Unfamiliar Sources' that have not been substantiated or Officially/Publicly Validated.' That is the FAKE News! Bottom-line, where there's the misuse of DATA, it all leads to 'Perception vs. Reality.’ 'In view of the WORLD these days, You Can't Believe Everything That You Come Across.'
In essence, we were taught (via the school - OCS) that in the REVOLUTION, there will be others working against it (US to try to tarnish our name, persona, and/or the Original Message of the Movement). Granted, the times primarily pointed to 'Racial Discrimination.' Realizing back then - of the heydays that it was of a Power Struggle... Where knowledge is, there is power (knowledge is the power to help uplift and move people forward). Thus, We Educate to Liberate. Without the 'Struggle,' there would be no 'Progress.' Before returning each to our study rooms, we concluded with a youth march, and the ending words, ‘All Power To The People!’
© 2000 - 2020 NE-OME Marko (NE-OH-M) - TPB
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The Oakland Community School (OCS) was a Historical school of the 1970s - 1980s era. OCS provided a concrete educational design for developing and implementing social change for future schools.
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