Another battleground: education

School is where I learned to think. It is where I learned to look at information, knowledge, struggle with problems, and try to make sense out of it all. No one told me how to think or what to think, but they gave me the opportunity to use my mind. Sometimes the problems were very abstract, and sometimes they were more hands-on. All of this was good and this is what I am grateful for today. If this made school some bastion of liberalism, then thank God for what it did for me and many that I grew up with too.

Schools that do not have the freedom to teach and give students the opportunity to think are not schools, they are indoctrination centers. Some today are afraid of schools and afraid of teaching our children how to think and solve problems. They are afraid this will take away their power and place in society. Learning never takes away, it advances. Let schools be all they can be, not what the politics of some demand. There is no freedom without the freedom to learn.

Our kids are really very capable and discerning thinkers if we let them be. It is the parents I am worried about.

Take care everyone and have a good Thanksgiving – enjoy this time. And thank you for reading my ramblings.

Published by Ed Pirie

I am a native Vermonter. I am a child of the 50s, 1951 to be exact. For much of my youth Vermont had one foot in the 19th century and one in the 20th century. The old ways coexisted with a world that was changing. We were sort of insulated in Vermont from much that was happening outside our state, but our little protective bubble was shrinking. My understanding of today has been greatly influenced by the past as the past was always part of our present in the Vermont of the 1950s and even the 60s. I am not much of a follower and like to do my own thinking. You will find my thoughts on many topics here. I value my family and a quiet existence in a very rural part of Vermont. I try to write clearly and simply. I hope you enjoy and thank you for visiting my site. Take care.

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