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The recent obliteration of twenty kindergarten kids by some lunatic with an assault rifle sickens me, and I imagine the overwhelming majority of Americans. I view this incident as worse that 9/11, both in terms of symbolizing what we have become, and also in reality, given the innocence of these children: We have become a nation of humans who've lost all touch for things that truly matter, all contact with things sacred, and all meaningful connection to people and relations given to us by our Creator, or if you prefer, that mysterious and miraculous force that seems to hold the universe together.
I harken back in my mind to twenty years of teaching elementary school, mostly third, fourth, an sixth grades, but also including substituting in grades K -- 12. The innocence of young children, their natural love for those around them, their unbridled curiosity (until we beat such things out of them), cannot be overstated. I recall a woman in a neighboring district in Idaho who "got in trouble" with the administration for refusing to force the use of large crayons on her kindergartners--and eventually got herself fired, for this and similar bogus charges--while the Idaho Education Association sat on its hands and did nothing, while the administrator in charge spent her time concocting utterly asinine charges against this excellent teacher. I worked with this teacher's niece in another school, and so followed her aunt's plight closely. I recall reading how this amazing teacher viewed working in kindergarten, literally, as "working in heaven," since she loved her kids so much!
This was in the eighties, and I found the administrative reactions--and lack of them by the IEA and NEA--absolutely appalling. To see, now, what we have degenerated far beneath this is more than I can grasp or fathom or even want to. What I do know for sure, is that if we don't change course in a hurry, meaning immediately, we are beyond doubt on the fast-track to hell on earth.
Our greatest responsibility as adults is to protect our young, along with our neighbors' young, to nurture them, to inspire them, to love them; and to create a future they will find not just worth living in, but eagerly look forward to participating in.
I just read an article
showing which Congresspersons and Senators receive money from the National
Rifle Association, that consortium of psychopaths who seem to think that every
home deserves an assault weapon or two. No surprise that Senator
This is from my website, voteutah.us: "Put children first. Seriously first, and make decisions in their interest and that of generations to come. The human mind, educated and guided by wisdom, is our greatest resource."