Educated to Death: 0170: Dear teachers, students, and other dissidents

Link: Educated to Death: 0170: Dear teachers, students, and other dissidents

Food for thought.. Click on the link in the reblog at the bottom of this post to take you to the full post on educatedtodeath to which I am responding.

I agree that teachers are likely the most effective way to slow or reverse the pervasive spread of disinformation, disinterestedness, and disaffection in our society. But I’m not sure I would agree with the implication (as I read it) that our times are worse in any measure than any others, or that we are on some irreversibly downward spiral into a corporate-controlled conspiracy state. 

I do see a world that, as ever, needs fixing. Some problems we have as humans may never be solved, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try… it is in the good faith effort at change, the application of moral courage in a dark world, that moves us forward as individuals and as a species. And so long as there are enough individuals who sense the urgency and rally to the call, we will persevere.

It is interesting that the more I explore the last half century or so of American society, the more I see how many of the moral questions of the 1960’s remain fervently alive today. As was the case then, the solution is to strive with purpose and all one’s heart towards what is good, and know that you did your part.

” Now the trumpet summons us again—not as a call to bear arms, though arms we need; not as a call to battle, though embattled we are—but a call to bear the burden of a long twilight struggle, year in and year out, “rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation”—a struggle against the common enemies of man: tyranny, poverty, disease, and war itself. […] The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this endeavor will light our country and all who serve it—and the glow from that fire can truly light the world.”

— John Fitzgerald Kennedy.

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