Being a high school student sucks! Not only do parents have authority over you at home, but also the teachers, the VP and the principal at school! You have to take bullshit classes like Careers and Civics that teach you nothing about the real world. Many of you even have to deal with the surveillance of cops in the hallways.
Our society is a capitalist one – organized so that rich people can get richer by exploiting the rest of us. While it’s easy to blame teachers, capitalism is what turns schools into prisons. Under capitalism, you are treated as a commodity, something that is bought and sold. Early on in high school, you are streamed into categories—academic or applied. These categories are invented to make you fit into the capitalist system, to train you to be an obedient worker; be on time, be in proper uniform, be obedient, don’t challenge the teachers, and, don’t think for yourself.
Those of us in the Revolutionary Students Movement (the RSM) have put posters up around Toronto high schools. These posters reflect issues that high school students face, such as cops, bullies, bullshit authority, and political powerlessness. The posters introduce RSM’s 100 Schools Campaign, which will continue over the summer and into the school year.
With this poster campaign we want to invite you to connect issues affecting you to capitalism—a system that reduces people, especially young people, to profit. Furthermore, we wish to invite you to think about how you can achieve liberation. We believe that the people who controlthe school system are the same people who control the prison system and the whole social system. We believe overthrowing all of these systems is necessary.
We are interested in meeting you. We invite high-school students to join us at the next Casseroles march in solidarity with the student strike in Montreal and to future events held for the 100 Schools Campaign throughout the summer. Keep an eye on our website for details, and, if you’re interested, you can read more about RSM here.