Common Good vs. Special Interest (Statesmen vs. Politicians)


Recently, I became part of a partnership with some leaders who have given their entire working lives to the education of the American population. These people span across all factions of what makes schools succeed with their mission and purpose. We have seen in the history of education outgrowth of offerings with positive outgrowth based upon demand and desires of our American society. Schools opportunity can only be sustained by a society that embraces the mission of each type of school. The secret to great schools is often overlooked by bureaucratic impositions on the common good a school may bring to a community, family or economy. Our school opportunities across our country for our citizens has been eclectic to satisfy the freedom of education doctrine in the United States. It is commendable that our forefathers saw the need to allow people to observe and embrace all types of freedoms. Historically schools have evolved over time by the needs of purpose and mission. We can follow the institution of school and how they became education providers by the demand for specific needs of a free societal consumer. Dictating whether a school should be public, private, secular, career, vocational, college, nonprofit or proprietary is diametrically in opposition to freedoms afforded the citizens of this country.   In America, we are granted certain inalienable rights and they are not to be infringed upon by any government entity. 

History will reveal what the consequences are when a government holds the power of bias and diminishes the opportunity of choice by citizens. School opportunity exists for the people and by the people. Freedom constitutes a stronger foundation when or knowledge base is broadened and not narrowed.

School survival should be dependent on our societal needs and desires. This accounts for professional, career, fine arts and skilled education. Making any one entity more important or regulated inequitably creates gaps in freedom and knowledge.

To hold on tightly to what is good and right we must not forget the senses we operate daily with in our lives. We have our given granted senses of touch, hearing, vision, and smell. Each of these senses carries certain responsibilities for us to make decisions. Freedom of speech is a human right. By not allowing freedom of speech it leads to tyranny. This subscription to rights is highlighted as the bricks and mortar of our freedom statement to each other. What is not as emphasized as much is the responsibility to be an informed listener. Throughout our time information communicated both verbally and in writing has found its way into our life with many different vehicles of distribution. Today, we have more information coming to us than ever before in the history of our existence. By 2026, it is expected worldwide there will be 26 billion connections to the internet. The obligation to us has not been to curtail the freedom of speech but to, more importantly, know what is true or false. We have all had the experience when someone may communicate a mistruth so much they and their followers believe it is the truth. To be an informed citizen requires us to question critically all statements and messages by doing the inspection of the facts. The danger of tyranny, prejudice, scapegoating and abuse can be fueled by not being a better-informed listener. Our institutions can be undermined by views that are to quickly accepted as truth. The strength that embraces all our diversity in America is maintaining the ability to embrace the common good for all citizens.


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