Thursday, October 26, 2006

Good News

Overall, human beings are becoming more thoughtful and aware. It's an upward trend.

I just heard about three items on NPR (US National Public Radio) that
reminded me of this upward trend: A local talk show with Sarah Bennett and Nancy Kalish, co-authors of The Case Against Homework: How Homework Is Hurting Our Children and What We Can Do About It, here is the link for listening with Real Audio.

While the US public sphere of debate in education has become more
oppressive to young people in the last 20 years, I'm glad to see
someone getting mass media attention for being less hard on young
people--crucial to ending racism.

Secondly, here is a news item where a person suffering from Parkinson's disease was criticised for appearing on a political ad showing his symptoms. A commentator on NPR last night pointed out that this was a demand that a disabled person hide their disability (to appear "normal") and that was wrong. I think it's good to popularize the reality that persons with disabilities are as human as anyone else.

Minivercheevy writes:
Perhaps you've seen Michael J. Fox's gutsy and heartbreaking campaign ad for Missouri Senate candidate Claire McCaskill, in which his plea for stem cell research is punctuated by tremours from his Parkinson's medication.

Rush Limbaugh has tried to outdo his usual low standards by saying Fox was faking to try to win sympathy.

Olbermann, Tristero, Hilzoy, Lance Mannion, and Jane Hamsher give Limbaugh the shellacking he deserves.

And last weekend's "On the Media" show contrasted the US public debate about "enemy combatants" in the "War on Terror" to the public reaction to six German saboteurs captured in New York State during WWII. Eric Foner, labor historian, pointed out that attitudes to civil rights have changed where it is part of public debate that everyone has human rights whereas 60 years ago no one would publicly defend this idea.

The good news is that more and more people are understanding what oppression is and how to dismantle it.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's good to have the reminder that underneath all of our conditioning away from cicility and caring, these qualities still break through.

6:17 AM PDT  
Blogger Sea's Blog said...

thanks for your comment anonymous

4:45 PM PDT  

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