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Opinion & Essays - Feb, 1995 Issue #32 

COMMON SENSE IN EDUCATION
an editorial by: Alexandru Bitz, Editor
reprinted from The Looking Glass, a publication
by Mount Bachelor Academy
Bend, Oregon
800-462-3404 

Education at its core is not about money, unions, bureaucracy, tradition, systems, government, religion or politics; education is about CHILDREN. The children of TODAY, not our idea about children, not my own children only, not the children of the system, but the real children: 

the ones who don't have a grandma around and both parents work and worry a lot, 

the ones who want to be in gangs for a sense of belonging, the ones who slowly are discovered by Mr. PROZAC, 

the ones who are taught how to feel by MTV, 

the ones finding nirvana in Nirvana, 

the ones who are asked to take a stand on sexuality issues when they don't even know what friendship and romance are all about, 

the ones who can pick HIGH TIMES from YOUR neighborhood newsstand and learn about the real freedom, 

the one whose mom is suing the public school for not letting her daughter wear super-large denim and gang related clothing to school, 

the ones who watch the news and need help understanding why things are getting so messy lately. 

the ones who need heroes, but don't know where to look for them. 

Education will be simple and effective when COMMON SENSE finds a place in government, religion, neighborhoods, families and schools; when COMMON SENSE prevails in the process of training teachers and parents to be mentors [Mentor n: A wise and trusted friend and counselor]. 

Copyright 1995, Woodbury Reports, Inc. (This article may be reproduced without prior approval if the copyright notice and proper publication and author attribution accompanies the copy.)

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