Wednesday, August 18, 2010
I will not bore you with the details of the virus that thought me not worthy of attacking but simply say I am thankful. What I would rather bother you with are a few questions. Did you know many of the children in this country couldn’t write in cursive? That these same children consider cross burning freedom of speech?
I ask these question because while I spent the afternoon being totally inspired by the movie “Freedom Writers,” I was equally disturbed by the so-called normalcy of our children. It made me question my own sense of normal.
I believe in the antiquated “Three R’s” of education. Though this old dog did teach herself new tricks I still value the ability to both print and write in cursive. Penmanship I consider to be an extension of the person, hard to be an individual when you cannot sign your name.
What happens when the power fails and all their digital gadgetry dies with the last flicker of the battery? For these same children consider Beethoven to be a dog, Michelangelo to be a computer virus and have no idea of what pointing to wrist is asking. Please tell me somewhere there is a make-up class.
My sense of normalcy does involve future development and I believe in reaching for the stars but not at the cost of regression. Can one truly achieve forward progress if one has no idea from which they came? I guess this is why they say history repeats its self.
Which brings me to “cross burning.” I remember the civil rights movement, I remember the horrible images, I remember our torn apart country. I did not agree with cross burning then and I do not agree with it now. Cross burning has nothing to do with freedom of speech.
While I realize the 2003 Supreme Court ruling did strike down the Virginia state statue as unconstitutional. It did leave in place that portion in which burning a cross for hatred is illegal. I cannot think of anything but hate as a reason for burning a cross, can you? Exactly how does an action equal speech anyway?
Sorry, I’ll get off my soapbox now. I just wonder about the sense of normalcy with today’s children, have we shortchanged them? Is this normal to you? Do you wonder what would happen to our children if the power went out?
By the way a couple of my routine follower's suggested I go ahead and post the deranged things I wrote yesterday. Tomorrow I will do just that, post one. I warn you, it is dark.
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