Celebrating Booker T. Washington

One Of Those Forward-Thinkers

(Image:  Marinamaral.com)

Booker T. Washington was born into slavery, with slavery ending when he was a child.  He had a love of reading which, perhaps, many take for granted.  It is, after all, the most important skill a person can have.

This elegant-looking and eloquent-speaking man created the Tuskegee Institute.

For the unpleasant voices in the audience who believe Mr. Washington lacked achievement, this blogger has the following to say:  A person’s, or organization’s, achievements can be based on the conditions of the country in which they reside.

Booker T. Washington accomplished a great deal despite the conditions back yonder.

Coming from a family of educators, and other members who worked in the public school system, we are standing on Mr. Washington’s shoulders.

A salute to Mr. Washington and his donors (no person is an island!)  All courageous, forwarding-thinking individuals.

Vikki

An Open Letter to Secretary of Education Dr. Miguel Cardona

The Honorable Dr. Miguel Cardona, Secretary of Education

RE:  Developing and Implementing Curriculum For Students About The Perils of Antisemitism

Dear Dr. Cardona:

I am certain that you are shocked at the number of antisemitic incidents which have increased across the United States as I am.

One documented report is one too many!

These instances have a way of becoming a norm (an unhealthy one) which can leave an unfavorable impression on youth in society.  They have a way of emulating what they observe in society.

That is why I am writing to you.

Curriculum can teach about how destructive engaging in antisemitic behaviors (i.e., verbal & physical altercations, Holocaust-denying, false accusations towards members of the Jewish community [a pattern of behavior which has emerged]) become for our young people before they find themselves on a path to violence.  These behaviors cause personal injury to the targets of hate and destroy the perpetrators’ souls–humanity (before they have even started in life).  Members of the underaged population have a way of not thinking about how their behaviors have consequences.

And isn’t education about preparing students not only academically but for responsible livelihoods?

Speaking from a religious perspective, those who engage in antisemitic behaviors cannot even remotely suggest they love God.  People who engage in antisemitic behaviors are fighting against God, and that is a dangerous way to live.

I look forward to your response, and Thank You for listening!

Sincerely,

Victoria Sutton

victoriasut@gmail.com