I have updated two posts below. Yesterday I was working on an elaborate post called "Shadows are falling." While I was bouncing around in my Firefox tabs, finding new links and inserting them in the post, I ran into a problem that closed my browser for me and erased everything in the browser based TypePad "Compose a new post" form. My fault really... the proper way to compose a post is offline and then cut and paste into the blog-tool form. My excuse was that I had no idea it would be such a lengthy post. It was quite impressive really. Sad that it evaporated. Anyway, I created a new post with that title and it took me an entirely different direction out of the starting blocks. The common point of departure for these posts was the Gulf of Tonkin resolution as the official beginning of the American war in Viet Nam.
I've updated last night's post to include a link that was in the earlier post, a link to a 1994 column by Jeff Cohen and Norman Solomon that describes the climate of journalistic credulity that helped us slide into that war. They end their column with a quote from Sydney Schanberg: "We Americans are the ultimate innocents. We are forever desperate to believe that this time the government is telling us the truth."
My second update is to the post relating to the deserved come-uppance of that scabrous barnacle on the vessel of American journalism, Ben Domenech. This pissant's resignation from the Washington Post before the paper had to fire him because of his plagiarism was wonderfully reported by Tim Rutten in an online column for the LA Times. Since Domenech is "a poster child" for the home school movement, and his ethics mirror those of the modern Republican party, I think it's important to spread the word of his rapid rise and fall. An excellent blogger on home schooling, Daryl Cobranchi, criticized my post as an example of copyright infringement. Since Sandhill Trek is not for profit and represents an effort to be transparent, and since I aim for proper attribution and "fair use," I would take issue with the accusation of infringement (especially since it comes from a third party). Even so, my attribution was a little sloppy, and while I had linked to the source I hadn't included the author's name. I've updated that post to credit Tim Rutten for his insightful work.
In general I think home schoolers and "libertarians" have abandoned their responsibilities to the community at large. There may be a "selfish gene" (or "shellfish jeans" or whatever), but the "libertarian" meme certainly doesn't stand up to rigorous ethical scrutiny. Creation of a safe and nurturing place for all of us and our children is certainly not possible if we withdraw from the community and isolate ourselves from community interests. That said, I'm sure that public education, "the school system," has stagnated in many communities. The challenge for those communities is for the citizens to find a way to address the issues rather than avoid them.