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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 Our 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"

Humble Beginnings:
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, he at least need to grasp Where He's At (POSITION/Standpoint).  

Point # 5 of the 10 Point Platform & 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.  

Besides the use of common sense, logic, reasoning, and facts (core details), 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.'

In learning about the world around, fast forward to TODAY!  We're living in an age of Enlightenment, Hi-tech, and a Generation of Information, yet the USE of COMMON SENSE is Very Grim!  Some folks are unable to grasp R-e-a-l-i-t-y (some folks are willfully blind to facts, delusional or full of foolishness).   The MEDIA SPIN could be of CONSTRUCTIVE or VAIN things.  Be sure to get 'Adequate Information from Adequate Means' (appropriate, reliable, official, and tenable sources).  Be watchful of messages or phone calls presenting unanticipated data particularly coming from 'Unfamiliar Sources' that have Not been Substantiated or Officially/Publicly Validated.'  That's the F-a-k-e News - Distorted Narratives!...  Understand that Common SCAMS appear through fake letters in the mailbox, there's the attacks via emails = phishing, text messages = smishing, and voice calls = vishing.  Don't forget those 'Hackers' who seek to steal data.., interrupt business services by infecting the I.T. system with computer viruses, and use of the Dark Web (DW).  Bottom-line, it is the misuse of data.  What we have is '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 people 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 (during those heydays), that it was and still is 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!" 

© 2008 - 2020  (Elder) NE-ome Banks Marko, TPB

OCS Alumni Reunion

Coming in July 2021.

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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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