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Aggressive fighting for the right is the noblest sport that the world affords.
Most excellent friends in California shocked me today by sending a bronze art piece (1920!) of Theodore Roosevelt, a president I much admire, for The School. This gift was wonderfully timed.
Times - Education - Wearisome - Bureaucrats - Folk
These are weary times in education where wearisome bureaucrats, often decent folk with limited imaginations, labor to dismantle education in the name of pragmatism while embracing the ideology of the spirit of our age simultaneously. Thus in the name of “pragmatic education’ the result is bloated administration, part-time professors and teachers paid unsustainable wages, all financed by students debt. The good is dimmed, the bad boosted.
Against the shadow of that hideous strength, Babel dimming argument with jargon, there must be aggressive fighting for the true light.
Read the plaque.
Yet pugnacious Theodore understood that the good fight must be conducted with joy. We are not against student debt as much as we are for liberty. We oppose administration, because endless meetings, unreadable binders of studies, pablum “best practices,” and expensive consultants (a fig leaf to cover failure) are tedious, dull, unusable, boring, and mindless.
Wisdom - Virtue - Joy
Instead we seek wisdom, virtue, but do so with joy.
Wisdom cries out, asks questions, and the answers lead to more questions. Wondering is wonderful as this endless process of growth can last for all eternity. There is always more in a cosmos built on love, more to learn. Against the false diversity that comes from administrators comes the splendid endless diversity of God’s Kingdom. We limit our opinions to “this, but now add that.” God allows infinite variations from eternal forms that can never be captured in a binder, because the folks, the many tribes, nations, and individuals as numberless as the sand of the sea, cannot be contained.
Temptation - Problem - Education
The temptation when we see a problem in education...
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