This Washington Post article shows a hospital working in the interest of individuals and of the public and simply of doing the right thing
On Moyers & Company, Diane Ravitch tells Bill Moyers, ”I think what’s at stake is the future of American public education. I believe it is one of the foundation stones of our democracy: So an attack on public education is an attack on democracy.”
— Network for Public Education
We look to the wisdom of all religions as a guide to ethical behavior
The wisdom of Swami Vivekananda:
“All religions are, at the bottom, alike…. It is not the man who believes a certain something, but the man who does the will of the Father in heaven, who is right. On this basis—being right and doing right—the whole world can unite. “
It is not easy to step up and do the right thing. As teachers we tell our students to speak up when they see someone being bullied. That is easy for us to say, but not so easy to do.
Teachers now are in the position where they must speak up for what is right in education. The world of public education is being bullied by corporate reformers who do not work for the best interests of the many, but rather to accumulate wealth for the few. Speaking up is not easy. But we must do the right thing.
“A few heart-whole, sincere, and energetic men and women can do more in a year than a mob can do in a century”.—Swami Vivekananda.
Let us all work together to effect a change in the direction of public education.
I remember being a teenager out with some girlfriends at a restaurant, and seeing them pocket packs of gum. My friends made a game for themselves of stealing small things from stores and from the pay counters of restaurants. I didn’t do it. When I asked them why they did it (since I knew they were not poor and could afford to buy the things they took, they told me that they did it for the fun of it—it gave them a kind of thrill to get away with it. I thought about that, and thought about why I didn’t want to do it, and realized that it went beyond the fear of getting caught (although I did have that fear). But it was something else.
Later I discussed this with a young rabbi who led a youth group I belonged to, and he gave me a good reason why I didn’t want to do it.
“Do you want to live in a world where people steal from each other?” he asked.
“No” I said.
“Well, people do steal from others and ordinarily there is not much that you can do about it. But there is one thing you can do. You can be a person who doesn’t steal. And in that way you are helping to make the world a place where people do not steal from each other.” The Talmud teaches the importance of the individual in the world.
I liked that explanation very much. It made a great deal of sense to me.
Later I heard the quote, attributed to Ghandi, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” Regardless of the controversy over whether or not Ghandi ever said it, I take it to be an apt aphorism representing that lesson I learned as a teen.