Challenging the Assault on Teachers, Students, and Public Education – Second edition
2. When Generosity Hurts: Bill Gates, Public School Teachers, and the Politics of Humiliation.
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2. When Generosity Hurts
Bill Gates, Public School Teachers, and the Politics of Humiliation
Let’s begin by saying that we are living through a very dangerous time. Everyone…is in one way or another aware of that. We are in a revolutionary situation, no matter how unpopular that word has become in this country. The society in which we live is desperately menaced…from within. To any citizen of this country who figures himself as responsible—and particularly those of you who deal with the minds and hearts of young people—must be prepared to “go for broke.” Or to put it another way, you must understand that in the attempt to correct so many generations of bad faith and cruelty, when it is operating not only in the classroom but in society, you will meet the most fantastic, the most brutal, and the most determined resistance. There is no point in pretending that this won’t happen.
—JAMES BALDWIN, “A TALK TO TEACHERS”1
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