Tomorrow at noon, upwards of 40 public educators wearing bright yellow shirts that proclaim, "I Am a Teacher," will convene at Westlake Park with Occupy Seattle protesters, march across the street to the Chase bank at 1501 4th Avenue, and take over the bank's lobby for a simple lesson on economics.
Their goal: "We're going in the bank to teach a lesson on how big banks rob the state of Washington," one anonymous teacher told me. Specifically, they'll be teaching Chase employees—cogs in the wheel of the great, money-hoarding behemoth—a lesson on how big banks like Chase rob our state of public education funding because of a state loophole that exempts banks from paying B&O taxes on the millions in interest they earn on residential first mortgage investments.
I get it: It's public theater calling attention to Occupy Everything's global day of action for a 1 percent “Robin Hood Tax” on financial transactions and currency trades. The teachers—all members of Social Equality Educators (SEE)—say they'll even be proctoring a test for the bank's manager at the end of the lecture to test his comprehension (after all, security is notoriously lax at banks).
But I'm already having sympathy pangs for the unwitting bank tellers and security guards who are going to have to endure tomorrow's demonstration. They don't need lessons on why their employer is greedy and evil; they're busy learning lessons on how to feed their families and pay off their debts, just like everyone else.
The real pupil this stunt should be targeting is JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon.