Singing like a caged bird

Monday, May 03, 2004


Benjamin Barber writes of the connection between "Public Education" and democracy. He states:

"Public education is redundant: To be civilized is to understand the nature of commonality, to be learned is to grasp the rights and responsibilities of liberty, to be educated is comprehend the meaning of citizenship."

and also:

"We cannot do without public schools. A nation of fractious individuals schooled in avoidance ceases to be a nation. A democracy of consumers focused on their private interests ceases to be a democracy. A community of multicultural fragments celebrating only difference ceases to be a community."

Barber's complete article appears in School Administrator.


Bacre Waly N’diaye, whose predictions and recommendations were ignored in Rwanda is now heading up the UN Mission to look into the situation in Darfur. The mission was sent because of horrific human rights abuses in the Western Sudan. You can get more complete information on the situation from Human Rights Watch. The bloody hands of oil are fueling these atrocities.

Ten years ago, the UN and the world, including the USA, ignored the warnings in Rwanda. Many citizens, including myself, did nothing to combat this evil. I have just sent letters to my senators and congressman demanding that my country be forceful in preventing another genocide. This doesn't seem like much but collectively it can make a difference. As has been stated by experts most of these horrors are not unexpected nor unpredictable. See these entries from Dervala that provide insights into "A Problem From Hell".

Elie Weisel wrote " remain silent and indifferent is the greatest sin of all...". Please don't let this be on your conscience.


The following information is reposted with permission from This Is True

"Edward Scouten... At age 16, when attending a Boy Scout camp, Scouten befriended and helped two deaf scouts, which started a lifelong interest in deaf education. He started teaching deaf students at San Francisco State Teachers College and the California School for the Deaf at Berkeley, then earned a master's degree at Gallaudet University in Washington D.C. in 1941. During World War II, he helped set up the first Army Aural Rehabilitation Center, which assisted servicemen deafened during combat. After the war, he taught for 25 years at Gallaudet and other schools for the deaf, and was the author of "Turning Points in the Education of Deaf People", a classic text in the field. He died April 25 in Adamstown, Md. He was 89."


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