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The Role of 'Educators'

carole28 Wrote: Jan 08, 2013 12:34 PM
I simply can't imagine a world in which Vonnegut's "Harrison Bergeron" or Orwell's "1984," "Animal Farm," and Huxley's "Brave New World" aren't taught. As Burke says, though, "No need for kids to be reading these books, anyway. They'll be living them." What about not experiencing Austen, Dickens, Salinger, Fitzgerald, Wharton, Joyce, Harper Lee, Shakespeare? These authors and millions more address the human condition and allow kids the opportunity to talk about what makes us human, what makes us good and evil, what influences our behavior, and so much more.
Many years ago, as a young man, I read a very interesting book about the rise of the Communists to power in China. In the last chapter, the author tried to explain why and how this had happened.

Among the factors he cited were the country's educators. That struck me as odd, and not very plausible, at the time. But the passing years have made that seem less and less odd, and more and more plausible. Today, I see our own educators playing a similar role in creating a mindset that undermines American society.

Schools were once thought of as places where a...