It started as a friendly facebook conversation when someone posted that a child had come home from school with an assignment to “write about why it was wrong for the US to drop a nuclear bomb on Hiroshima”.
There was the expected response; that dropping the bomb potentially saved millions of lives on both sides by avoiding having to have a massive attack on the Japanese homeland.
My initial input included a statement that my mother graduated high school in the early 1040’s and had friends killed at Pearl Harbor — and how she talked about Hiroshima, Dresden and Pearl Harbor as all being terrible events. Another commenter mentioned that WW II was about cutting off the head of evil.
In 1879, General Sherman (Civil War fame) told a group of graduates that “War is Hell.” Nothing has changed except the means and the numbers.
No one questioned whether the purpose of the assignment might have been to start a conversation or encourage a debate…. or whether someone else in the class had the opposite assignment…..and I really don’t know.
BUT THEN….. the attack on that specific teacher widened to include “liberal teachers”, teachers in general, the evil established public school education system, etc, etc, etc.
When did “Liberal” become a bad word? Purdue University, as most major universities, has a College of Liberal Arts. Liberal as in a smattering of a wide variety of education. According to Virtual Salt, a Liberal Arts Education teaches you HOW to think. According to an article on Fastweb, “Life is Liberal Arts”.
Now hold on. I do NOT agree with everything that is going on in Public (Government) education…..but those who think it is totally evil should immediately pull their children out of public school and send them to a more perfect private school where they can better control both what is taught and the type of student you have — or HOME SCHOOL. Anything less, it seems, would be hypocritical.
If you are going to be in the system, then do what you can to improve it instead of just standing back throwing stones. A statement I have made many times about the experience Joan and I had getting our two sons through their public school education is,
“For us….the system worked…..but we had to work the system.”
I have an opinion on tenure…. but that is for another day. There are bad teachers, bad school boards, bad superintendents and bad court decisions…..but there are many wonderful teachers who would rather benefit children than make bigger bucks elsewhere. There are school boards who receive little compensation for the responsibility — and many are “on the board” to do the best they can for their own children in the system.
And I know I am all messed up because I do not believe that the unions are 100% right — NOR ARE THEY 100% WRONG…. and neither are the school corporations and state governments. I have been targeted when not in the union and protected by the union. I have taught both with and without tenure.
Neither side is perfect.
Stop talking in talking points.
Stop lumping and labeling.