Think a little bit, please.

October 23, 2008 § Leave a comment

I am so thankful that we have teachers in this country like Doug. Teachers who get it, and who aren’t afraid to teach their students how to actually think.

I particularly love this: “I’m not interested in indoctrinating anyone. My only agenda is activating some gray matter, and acknowledging the value of participating in public discourse, none of which is emphasized in any official reform agenda.”

I started to wonder a few months ago what had happened to the country I grew up in. We used to elect people who were smart. Smarter than us. Ivy-league educated. Because we wanted someone smarter than the average Joe in the White House, making the Big Decisions.

When did we stop electing smart people? When did we start judging our candidates on whether you’d want to have a beer with them?

I think it started at least 8 years prior to the debacle that was the 2000 election. Let’s face it, regardless of which side you take, our last two presidents have not been the most highly educated or respected people in the room.

We NEED teachers like Doug who teach kids to think for themselves and not just believe (and repeat without fact-checking) everything they hear. We need people to teach kids that it’s OK to question authority…to say, “Wait a minute. I don’t think that’s right.” and learn how to have a civil discussion on disagreements without inciting violence. I only wish we had more adults that had learned this lesson…

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