To Teach

Cover of "To Teach: The Journey of a Teac...

Cover of To Teach: The Journey of a Teacher

To Teach, The Journey of a Teacher by William Ayers; yes, that William, “Bill”, Ayers that Sarah Palin called a domestic terrorist and a pal of President Obama. Bill Ayers is now retired after spending his entire life as a teacher and later as a distinguished educator. He helped found the Weather Underground and was responsible for exploding small, symbolic bombs to protest the Vietnam war during his mid to late 20s. No one was injured by the explosions he detonated. He now regrets any acts of his terrorism, but he also regrets not doing more against the Vietnam war. This quotation is from the book:

“Crusading teachers are still needed–in fact we are needed now more than ever.

“And this, I believe, is finally the reason to teach. people are called to teaching because they love children and youth, or because they love being with them, watching them open up and grow and become more able, more competent, more powerful in the world. They may love what happens to themselves when they are with children, the ways in which they become better, more human, more generous. Or they become teachers because they love the world, or some piece of the world enough that they want to show that love to others. In eaither case, people teach as an act of construction and reconstruction, and as a gift of oneself to others. I teach in the hope of making the world a better place.”

Hoorah. I agree wholeheartedly. And I suspect most teachers do too. They work at the profession for the satifaction of teaching, not the money which in most cases is inadequate. So why is the Right so much against teachers? Because they unionize, work for the government and mostly vote Democratic. Big business also looks at teaching as another opportunity to make money by privatizing education.

BOTT report March, 2012

Glen Ellyn, IL

Glen Ellyn, IL (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Lake Ellyn, IL

Lake Ellyn, IL (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The birthers just will not give up. Sheriff Joe’s report notwithstanding and not receiving the desired publicity, they have come up with two new stories. Usually truth is stranger than fiction, but with the birthers, it is the reverse, their fiction is stranger than truth.

First story is an attempt to link Barack with Bill Ayers again, only this time the source is the mailman who delivered mail to Bill Ayers’s parents at their home in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. Reportedly, he overheard a conversation in which they reportedly said they were aiding a foreign student in college. That student is alleged to be Barack Obama.

Second story is told by a former US Marine stationed in Honolulu in 1980 when Barack was in college in LA. The ex-Marine claims that he met Barack in Honolulu and Barack told him that he was born in Kenya. Obviously false since Barack was born in Honolulu and he knew it. If there is any truth in the tale, it would be a reference to Barack’s father who was born in Kenya.

That’s all for today. I am sure that other falsehoods will be appearing in the near future, and I will bring them to your attention as I find them.

My hometown of Elmhurst, Illinois is only a few miles east of the above pictures. In the winter as a teen, I enjoyed skating on a frozen Lake Ellyn.

I am not a Marxist

Karl Marx (1818 – 1883)

Image via Wikipedia

I am not a Marxist.
Barack is not one too.
Call us socialists if you will
Labels do not matter
To those who care
Or to those who care to think.
To a good Christian or Muslim
Charity is a necessity.
Fairness, not charity, is what we seek
Putting the needy before the greedy
Is our program and our creed
Doing right for the many
Not right for the Right few
It is time to put our differences
To the side and be done
The Founding Fathers gave us more than they received
Let us emulate their vision and their wisdom
We can/must advance the cause of freedom and equality
Both here and abroad
Let us lead by example
Not by force and bluster
We can make the US number one again
In the hearts of all mankind.