Remember Frederick Douglass and Education
Frederick Douglass was a man who was forced to break the rules of society in order to obtain an education. So, when he gained his freedom, Douglass spent a great deal of his life promoting investment in schools and programs to provide all children with the opportunity to learn. “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men,” Douglass said.
True progressives still remember the wisdom of Frederick Douglass. Progressives have strong family values, like investing in the development of children as a community so that all have the opportunity to prosper.
Right wingers dismiss the importance of such collective investment, suggesting that education should be left to market forces, with some people bereft of education and opportunity as a cautionary example to others. Right wingers oppose genuine education, trying to warp teachings on cultural and scientific matters to fit an outdated, repressive model of society. While progressives worry about too little education, right wingers warn about the dangers of too much education.
Frederick Douglass cautioned against such ideological fear of education, stating that, “A little learning, indeed, may be a dangerous thing, but the want of learning is a calamity to any people.”
In 2008, we need to stand by the ideas of Frederick Douglass and, for the sake of the integrity of education in the United States, elect a genuine progressive as President of the United States.
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