In The News: Learning Apathy
When I see a news gem about Suffolk University (Massachusetts) effort to have students and teachers send deployed military care packages – sunblock, candy, sundry items that are hard to get in places where convenience stores don’t really exist – I think about how awesome it is that folks volunteer to do that. A small gesture goes a long way.
Then of course the real point to the story is the dipwad professor – A certain Michael Avery, professor of law – is experiencing some significant wadding of his professorial panties over this effort. He apparently feels sending care packages is wrong because it supports those sent overseas to kill other humans, and equally wrong that the university participate in care package activity.
As a Soldier, I’m bound by oath to not only defend this dumbass but ensure his right to be a dumbass in public as well. I actually don’t have an issue with that because there are plenty of other people out there who are bright enough to realize that freedom has a price, and if they’re not willing to pay it themselves then just shut the fuck up and stay out of the way of those who will. So that isn’t what this ranty hateorade is about.
What really yanks my pubes about this story is the fact that this fuckwit is an educator. And not just a law professor, but one of Constitutional Law. To my mind this professorhood puts you in a bit different status than Joe Average. You have responsibility over putting information and skills into other people’s minds. In a large way that is influential. It sickens me that anyone with this responsibility would use their position to put beliefs into minds that should have the opportunity to form beliefs of their own based strictly on facts.
The frightening part of this shit is, that like a virus, these agenda-driven little excursions into political indoctrination – yes, indoctrination – will inevitably grow. Like a virus the straw-man linkage between a noble pursuit (understanding our Constitution) and a distasteful but necessary action (taking lives of those who would destroy the Constitution) will spread. It will suggest over time that the best ideals of mankind yet produced will live on through the mere force of their ideas alone when history clearly indicates otherwise. It will, I fear, allow a bright light to dim, gutter in a dark wind, and ultimately wink out.
But then, what the fuck do I know?