Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Fantastic Perspective on the Student Speech

Mr. President Goes Back to School: A Controversial Issue? by Adam Baldwin (of Firefly and Serenity fame, a good Baldwin) is astonishingly good.

I particularly like this insight below:
The trouble with all this arose because the materials in the ED’s lesson plan are an integral part of the president’s message, and the fact that it has already been necessarily revised (post-dissemination) proves it was in fact controversial.

That the ED and its recipient, undoubting education professionals do not seem to appreciate this distinction (and parents’ natural concerns) perhaps illustrates how the quest for intellectual conformity in public education–not to mention this particular predetermination to accept a federal government lesson plan–exemplifies a pervasive and discriminatory injustice that runs contrary to all pretense to freedom of conscience, speech and thought in modern academia.

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