Education Reform artwork by Crystal Schenk - Education Reform artwork by Crystal Schenk

About the Art

Artwork Title: I'm Not a Barnacle, I'm Just a Boy
Artwork By: Crystal Schenk
Artwork Medium: Ceramic
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This sculpture exposes my mixed emotions to being a parent, and my bond with this tiny being who is both autonomous and not so vaguely parasitic. In this context, I think a lot about how our schools need to help ALL children become capable, strong, confident, life-long learners.

My sculptures address issues of physical and mental health/illness, memory, class structure, and social interaction. Much of my subject matter is drawn from my familial history. I live and work in Portland, OR.

Biden’s Plan

Educators – teachers, teachers’ aides, and everyone who supports our kids at school, from the bus drivers to the secretaries to the school nurses – answer a call to service. They help our children learn and grow into successful adults. For so many young people, knowing they have a teacher and school community believing in and fighting for them can make all the difference.

But while educating is rewarding, it is also challenging. Many educators across the country are experiencing stagnant wages, slashed benefits, growing class sizes, and fewer resources for their students. Too many teachers have to work second jobs to make ends meet for their families. And, far too often, teachers and school personnel have to take on additional responsibilities that go far beyond the classroom. Educators end up spending their own money on school supplies, mentoring and coaching new teachers, trying to fill in as social workers, and so much more. Teachers should be supported with resources and shouldn’t have to take on all of these responsibilities on their own.

Read Biden's Full Plan