The separation of education and thought

Kucinich 2008Would you entrust your children to the care of a teacher who didn’t have a Kucinich 2008 bumper sticker on their car? Or a sign in their window reading “What are you doing about global warming?” I know another elementary school teacher who distributes peace buttons wherever he goes, and another who teaches at peace camp during the summer.
 
What do the other teachers think they’re doing? Worrying about not getting fired by school administration lackeys, to hell with the children?

What teacher would not by nature be an activist? As our children’s guides to a better future, their function is one and the same. What kind of farmer doesn’t care if pollution is flowing into his fields? What kind of rancher feeds his herd in a cesspool? If teachers aren’t worried about the state of the world, they’re not showing any optimism for the fate of our children.

It’s time to be more discriminating about whose voices we mean to subject our children. And subject ourselves, from the media for example. Anyone in the visual or audio media, who reports about President Bush without a knowing intonation that Bush is a moron or crook, is clearly a crook or moron themselves.

If a door to door salesman tried to sell you the Brooklyn Bridge, you’d laugh him off the stoop, perhaps you’d call the police. What if he reappeared everyday, several times a day even, to repeat his pitch, without even a hint of admission that he’s been discredited. If neither the police, nor your politicians, are going to protect you from his fraud, and you want to preserve your sanity, you’ll have to close the door in his face.

Eric Verlo

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4 Responses to The separation of education and thought

  1. Avatar pallas says:

    I have a new performance/installation piece I’m working on called “Putting down the Blade.” It’s about our edges and how sharp they are and what they are good for and what makes us willing to surrender them. Miss you and wish you so well. xoxopallas

  2. Avatar pallas says:

    I have a new performance/installation piece I’m working on called “Surrendering the Blade.” It’s about our edges and how sharp they are and what they are good for and what makes us willing to surrender them. Miss you and wish you so well. xoxopallas

  3. Avatar pallas says:

    Sorry for the double post. My computer froze in mid-send. I thought it didn’t go through and figured that as I long as I had to resend I ought to fix my mistake. meta-oops

  4. Avatar The 13th says:

    Teen speaks out for higher education at neocon idol event.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lj3iNxZ8Dww

    NMT EXCLUSIVE! Top Ten Reasons Why 1/5 of Americans can’t find their country on a global map….

    10. While waiting for their passports citizens usually end up vacationing at Ducky’s Deer Farm in Montana instead.
    9. Stars for Canada and Mexico are missing from the flag.
    8. Because 1/5 is a fraction, which is almost like algebra. And Osama, …what was the question again?
    7. The map was deliberately made confusing by the erroneous existence of other countries.
    6. Same 1/5 of Americans who considered Bush a role model.
    5. You don’t need an atlas to pay off a mortgage.
    4. Waiting for the movie version of Rand McNally.
    3. Planning for a better effort in the swimsuit competition.
    2. The You Are Here pointer was removed by Homeland Security.
    1. Still trying to find Waldo.

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