Slogan: "The World Is Our Classroom"
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
If man doesn't know WHOSE he is, WHO he is (knowledge of Self), and/or Where he's going on, he at least need to grasp Where He's At (POSITION/Standpoint).
Point # 5 of the 10 Point Platform & ProgramWe 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.
Besides the use of common sense, logic, reasoning, and facts (core details), we were taught that before we speak on something we must do a "Study and Investigation." This along with the 10-Point Platform and Program were our 'Guiding Principles' that made the distinction in the 'Movement.' In learning about the world around, fast forward to today! We're living in an age of Hi-tech and a generation of information. The MEDIA SPIN could be of CONSTRUCTIVE or VAIN things (stemming from the internet, newspaper, radio, telephone, and TV). Consequently, there are GENUINE (valid) and IMITATION(invalid) Sources which all depend on where people choose to gather such material. What is more, some people are engaged in FAKE Narratives (F-A-L-S-E-H-O-O-D ~ False News/Events and Bogus Reports). Moreover, there is inconsistency with quasi claims, Common Scams (Ex. fake mailbox letters, fake emails~phishing, fake text messages~smishing, and fake voice calls~vishing), Hackers (interrupt business services by infecting the I.T. system with computer viruses), Email Spam, D-E-C-E-P-T-I-O-N, Theft, and the Dark Web (DW). Bottom-line, it is the "Misuse of Data (DATA ABUSE) that Assault the Truth." From the basis of disinformation, there are some folks full of flawed opinions. What we have is 'PERCEPTION vs. REALITY.' 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 people working against it/ US to try to tarnish our name, persona, and/or the Message of the Movement. Granted, the times primarily pointed to 'racial discrimination.' Realizing back then (during those heydays), that it was and still is today 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!"
(C) 2019 Neome Banks Marko
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Reputation & Snapshots
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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