by Jeffrey Bennett
Tonight I learned a valuable lesson of what I have long suspected about the failure of education in this nation, both within the Government system – and at home.
As I do several nights a week, I left my office and drove over to a Denny’s which I frequent. What – for the food? No – for the company of a good number of the staff who work at this store. From the cooks to several of the managers and those who I refer to as “my girls.’ Lulu, Ryleigh, Yaselyn and Haille – my Native American friend.
Haille is a young student in College and she was sharing with me tonight the insanity of her “English” class. The instructor has assigned a series of topics to individual students having little to do with the education of “the language.” Haille was assigned “race relations,” while another student was assigned the topic of “global warming.”
One of the interesting things she shared with me, is that what she was taught in High School exceeded what she was being “taught” in college.
Once she shared these comments with me, I gave her the address for the Metropolis Café for some new guidance, instruction and challenges. While scrolling down on the front page on my phone – I stopped at one specific column and asked her if she knew who the subject was. She had no idea who he was and had never even heard his name. Interesting – considering that he was Native American… and that is when it all hit me.
Not only is the school system failing its ‘charges’ – but the parents themselves have failed their children. Why would parents not want to teach their children about one of the important ‘faces’ of World War II – especially one of their own blood.
While driving home, a question came to mind that I wish that I would have asked her, “When you get home, would you ask your parents who Ira Hayes was?“
I am very interested in what their answer would be.
I am listening Haille…
November 8, 2019