The point is to shock the living hell out of critical thinking and bring it back from the brink of permanent decay. Keep your chin up and eyes to the sky. Left and right do not matter in an age where our very freedom and lives we love are at stake. Argue not with those next to you but those who hold power over you, despite your very votes instilling that power through democratic election. Argue — intelligently, effectively, respectfully, but passionately — against those whose judgment is clouded by stubbornness and lack of knowledge yet there is still hope for. But you can’t argue against preservation of national parks, better healthcare for all, internet privacy, human rights and the preservation of freedom….can you?
Public education doesn’t need more Hillary Swank “Freedom Writers” teachers. You know she quit teaching after 4 years, right? The movie that paints her as the classic “hero teacher” also includes a scene where she chooses her profession over her marriage. She has the right to make that choice, but the fact that teachers have to make that false choice is systemically unhealthy. It’s unhealthy for individual teachers and consequently for students.