September: Education, Information, and Communication
-- For starters:
information and communication pathways, main stream media shaping all
perceptions, public/private education, student loans, text book distortion,
school funding, teachers, homophobia, AIDS, homogeneity as a goal,
maintenance of the status quo, literacy, prejudice, elimination of
nonconformity, educating children to be responsible, caring people; tenure,
administration of universities, censorship, propaganda, corporate
advertising in schools...
The following was written by Bob Kinsey, published originally in the "Colorado Peace Mission" journal and used by the author's permission.
"We are drowning in information but starved for understanding," says John Naisbitt. "Teens should be surrounded by people who know deep things if they are going to learn the joy of learning," says Carl Sagan. As a high school teacher I am concerned that all people, young and old, are spending less and less time discussing the deep things that lead to understanding or that stretch the imagination. Education is presented as meeting standards of skill or information that will be useful in the market place. Discussions about relationships that are equitable or about the achievement of higher, non-materialist social goals are often judged as impractical or even disloyal to the republic that has created an idol of private property and so-called economic laws.Pick up your pen, or put your fingers to your keyboard and compose a letter to the editor of your local paper about these subjects from your own perspective and your own activism. Lack of a full flow of accurate information is the most significant barrier to social progress.
Write a letter a month.
Support alternative news sources such as Pacifica's "Democracy Now."
Balance your efforts between your own activist focus and the broad picture.
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