I posted the following on Maureen Downey’s Atlanta Journal-Constitution blog, “Get Schooled,” on March 1, 2015:
“To Those who do not see the issue confronting teachers in Georgia with the same eyes as I do:
This issue finally comes down to philosophy, not economics, not education, and not legalities. It comes down to the question of whether we see ourselves, and see all other human beings on Earth, as equal to ourselves or whether we see some human beings as superior and others as inferior.
Like Ghandi, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Jesus Christ, I believe that we are all equal in the sight of God, and, therefore, we are our brothers’ keepers. I do not believe that we were meant to be isolated from one another on a planet in which “survival of the fittest” rules pragmatically and its mantra of “Every man and woman for him/herself” becomes the philosophy of all living beings. We are spiritually better souls, and smarter human beings in terms of sustaining human survival, if we pool our resources and if we understand that together, under God, we can change the trajectory of the world’s course from narrow self-interests to love of humanity, as a whole.”
A small sample of the conversation regarding the comparative value of the arts or science in education, as well as a sample of a conversation regarding whether higher intellect or higher spiritual consciousness is of more value to our survival as a species, follows. To read the various entries in the conversation, in full, go to the following link, which is linked to Maureen Downey’s blog, “Get Schooled,” on the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: http://getschooled.blog.ajc.com/2015/02/13/opinion-charter-schools-dont-belong-in-new-recovery-district-they-are-already-bound-by-perform-or-close-m
In response to Jay Bookman’s article on George Washington on President’s Day, February 16, 2015, I wrote the following words: (The link to Bookman’s article on Washington can be found here: http://jaybookman.blog.ajc.com/2015/02/16/even-the-warts-on-american-history-are-a-beautiful-thing/
The following comments should be of value to those of Georgia’s Legislature, especially to the members of Georgia’s House and Senate Educational Committees, as to how to insure that all students in public schools throughout Georgia meet with success. The comments were posted on the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s educational blog of educational columnist Maureen Downey (see link: http://getschooled.blog.ajc.com/2015/01/30/new-georgia-school-chief-visits-two-failing-schools-state-grades-dont-tell-the-full-story/) on January 31 and February 1, 2014:
I offered the following insights on the “Get Schooled” blog of Atlanta Journal-Constitution columnist, Maureen Downey. Here is the link to that thread on Ms. Downey’s blog: