Blogdial points to a news report on a bad choice of target for German army training, then makes the leap that the German defense of the educational policies of its states is the cause of the German Army’s problems.
Blogdial, 16 April 2007, The REAL result of the German school system! (scrolling is needed as the post isn’t lining up with the top of its page)
From the press release in response to the UN’s criticism of Germany’s ban on Home Schooling.
So, this is the product of your philosophy. This is the result of your peaceful dialogue’, between the different views, values, religions and world views’. Once again, the whole world sees you for what you really are and we all see what you really want to protect and promote.
Germans are guilty poor judgment in the army (abuse of trainees aside, which goes beyond bad judgment) and a different view of educational freedom, although I wonder who gets to be the enemy in mock battles. I doubt that there are any people in our instantly connectible world who, upon finding out that they are proposed targets for soldiers, will feel much joy. Even my husband’s old nom de training of “Rickolai Nominsky” isn’t immune from politically correct criticism.
I remember during my husband’s assignment in the 1970s to a unit stationed along the border between the two Germanys, that many of us got annoyed when we found out that jet pilots were using the cars below them for strafing practice. If you caught sight of a jet coming at you while you were tooling around on your Sunday drive, it was a good bet that, if it were during a war, you’d be toast. It wasn’t a comfortable thought as you watched the plane dip then zoom over, even though the flyboys in question were ‘ours.’ Good old U. S. of A pilots.
But considering who should be the enemy for killing practice is off-track for our anger about homeschooling outrages in foreign parts. My candidate for protest is Afghanistan.
C-Ville Weekly, Charlottesville, Virginia, 10 April 2007, UVA student’s film wins Peabody Award
For a broadcast journalist, winning a Peabody Award is a crowning achievement. But for UVA junior Sahar Adish, it was just another day in the college grind. What did she do to celebrate when she heard the news? I took a threeand-a-half hour exam, she says.
The theme of the project was fear and security, and Light House’s film focused on the life of Adish herself, an Afghani refugee whose family was forced to flee the Taliban-controlled country in the late 1990’s for fear of their lives. Adish’s parents were in trouble with the Islamic fundamentalist regime for violating Taliban law. Their crime? Secretly home-schooling their daughter and several neighborhood kids. Schooling was forbidden.
Others have found their inner protester by seeing photos of Melissa Busekros. Is it that we need a face to provoke fury over affronts to freedom?
Seventies-style consciousness-raising is fine. I think the German educational establishment is now aware of homeschooling, or at least aware of homeschoolers. Perhaps we should share our insights with the Afghani authorities as well.
posted by Valerie