Archive for December, 2012

Frontier Academia

December 21, 2012

So a teacher carries a gun to his classroom and a student carries a gun to his classroom. What kind of teaching environment is this anyway?

Nope, it is not Somalia or the Congo I am talking about.

The state of Missouri legislators, in their infinite wisdom (or infinite serfdom to the gun lobby rather), are introducing a bill that allows teachers and students to carry weapons in schools and on any university campus.

Teaching by intimidation and fear?  You’d- better- undertand- what- I am- saying- or- else pedagogy? We’ll see how long before this pedagogical approach at the “frontiers” of educational innovation leads to a tragedy.

I guess we shouldnt be surprised at anything anymore. Our government sent troops all the way to Iraq to teach democracy with “not so-smart” bombs, tanks, and jet fighters. And it has been, shall we say, an education.

ekwaysan

Metamorphosis

December 1, 2012

It is amazing how the alchemy of power can turn a garden variety human into a monster– devoid of any feelings his  Kafkaesque counterpart might have had!

It is more amazing how perfectly normal,  law-abiding, family loving, church going humans accept the morphed monster amongst them, overlook the monstrosity face, and even be awed with its atrocity.

Truman nuked a few million civilians, but he was idolized as a freedom loving, tough leader. The claim to fame of JFK was that he almost got the whole human species extinct in his showdown with the Soviets. Ariel Sharon, a prime minister of Israel, ordered the Sabra and Shatila massacre of Palestinian civilians  during the invasion of Lebanon circa 1982. He was hailed “a man of peace” by W. Bush.  Two US presidents ordered the blockades of two foreign countries and inflicted heavy suffering on its civilian population, and so they magically became freedom and human rights champions!

Our current president has a “kill list”. New names are added to this list every Tuesday morning. A lot of innocent people die in the process.  People cheer him on or, at best, they look the other way. Our friends across the pond even awarded him the “Nobel Peace Prize”!

Amazing indeed, isn’t it? No shortage of excuses befalls the good-natured, western folks.

God bless  Lafontaine who figured it out way back in the middle ages:

La raison de plus fort est toujours la meilleure

ekwaysan