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Old 04-23-2008, 07:38 PM
 
Location: Nashville, TN
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Today in my high school we had a speaker who was invited by the environmental science department. He began by addressing our "food and waste issues." While I won't deny that we need to do something, it got way out of hand when the speaker said that we need to cap salaries, lessen the gap between rich and poor, make everyone of equal economic status, stop taxing the poor, and step up taxes on the rich. This post is not to be a political war field, but I thought this was inappropriate to force high schoolers to listen to this. Should I write a letter to the directors of my school? A number of people I have talked to have said they would send letters as well. What do you think?
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Old 04-23-2008, 07:41 PM
 
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Go for it. And be forewarned: you just got a taste of the baloney you will be forcefed in college. Now you're ahead of the game!
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Old 04-23-2008, 07:47 PM
 
Location: Kentucky
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Honey (and I need to take my own advice) take it with a grain of salt and just ignore what you don't agree with.
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Old 04-23-2008, 07:49 PM
 
Location: Nashville, TN
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Thanks. It just bothered me that we were forced to listen to this man and nobody else in the student body seems to be willing to say anything. I actually just sent a letter to my headmaster and my division director.
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Old 04-23-2008, 07:52 PM
 
Location: Kentucky
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Thanks. It just bothered me that we were forced to listen to this man and nobody else in the student body seems to be willing to say anything. I actually just sent a letter to my headmaster and my division director.
Good luck to ya hun!
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Old 04-23-2008, 07:59 PM
 
Location: New Albany, Indiana (Greater Louisville)
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It is all about BALANCE.

Societies where a doctor makes the same salary as a janitor have been tried and have always failed.

Societies where a huge percent of wealth is in the hands of a very few don't work either because they are prone to violence and instability.

I feel that the US was in balance 30 years ago, but is beginning to shift towards an unhealthy concentration of wealth. The collapse of manufacturing is a large reason why. Used to a man with little education but who was honest and hard working could provide a middle class lifestyle for his family. Today most people with little education have to flip hamburgers because there are so few good paying blue collar jobs anymore.
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Old 04-23-2008, 09:30 PM
 
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I admire you for speaking out. Just be prepared to not be heard more than likely, but good job for standing up. It was inappropriate for this person to use this speaking opportunity to share his political views. As someone else said, many college professors will try to force this same ideology on their classes and they get away with it.
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Old 04-23-2008, 10:28 PM
 
Location: Far Western KY
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I would go to a school board meeting and inform them that if that are going to bring socialist speaker to the school then the parent needs to be informed before hand and allow their children to opt out without consequence.
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Old 04-24-2008, 12:54 AM
 
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And I'd forward a copy of the letter to the speaker himself. Often the "cc:" at bottom of the page adds clout. For example:

Dear____,

Blah, blah, blah..... etc, etc

Sincerely, ______


cc: Dean of Students
School Principle
Director of Guest Speaker Program
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Old 04-24-2008, 04:25 AM
 
Location: Beautiful Rhode Island
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Cool Well, there is another way you could look at this....

An educated person considers all viewpoints. The point of college ( and high school for that matter) is not to be indoctrinated with one point of view but to be exposed to different ways of looking at things. How would you feel if you were only allowed to hear the party line- whether it be conservative or liberal?

If I were you and I still wanted to write a letter I'd say... "Thanks for bringing in the environmental speaker with the socialist viewpoint- he/she was quite interesting to hear.... now can you please book a more conservative person so we students can get a balanced view and thus be better prepared to make up our own minds, etc. etc......."
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