What we have wrought in modern education as a society is making the headlines. The recent events at Yale and University of Missouri, where some MUS grads are enrolled, is worthy of both our attention and concern. It should be known that race was not the only issue at Mizzou.
The trickle-down of the troubles to us in high school, to independent college prep schools, is imminent if not already within the gates.
The above video parodies in a haunting tone "form over content," students as books being judged by their covers, if you will. We were taught as children not to judge a book by its cover for the precise purpose that we should exercise our intellect and wit, not react to our preconceptions and ignorance. In other words, in "reading the book" (listening, discovering, reasoning) we would become better people through employing humility, patience, charity, and thought. We could then uncover new insights leading to greater understanding, uniting us in a shared culture worth sharing and continuing to build together.
One YouTube comment following the short film remarked,"Whatever one wishes to call it - Cultural Marxism, Political Correctness, Neo-Progressivism, Social Justice, feminism - the effect is an entire generation divested of their capacity for independent and rational thinking." That's a great statement.
We will not allow this generation within our walls to go down without a fight. Those of us employed to teach college-prep students as they learn under our care are alarmed at what is going to happen to our students when they go off to college and university, as are parents.
Some of us wonder if the next level is even worth it in the intellectual sense, concerned that the the university is dying. It does not matter, however, because all of our boys are going to college because they need the ticket in order to hop on the next "edu-vocation" train: grad school, pay scale, resume, regardless of much of the practical content learned in the classrooms. Will our boys have the reasoning skills and the backgrounds arming them to stand strong and think for themselves? Will they be able to counter a bad idea with a good idea? Will they be able to listen and work to reason together? Will they be tough enough to stand?
We have cause to be concerned that the divisiveness and the balkanization pumped by the media can tear at our fabric here at school, in Memphis, and therefore we aim to enroll everyone here into the common culture of MUS as a compelling culture, something outside of ourselves, something greater than ourselves, something tied both to our unique history and to our promising future as well-rounded emerging leaders of strong moral character, of sharpened intellect, of circumspect sensibilities, of academic ability.
At the end of the day, regardless of our students' color and politics, eventually the bridges they build must withstand forces of nature, the money they manage must grow and be accounted for, the medicine they prescribe must help and not harm, and the character and citizenship they exhibit must be moral and principled lest they slither about as Machiavellian pragmatists, charlatans blown to and fro by the daily headlines. There are many wolves out there. Will our boys be able shepherds?
Onward and upward, we say. We are not afraid. We labor for these boys for their own benefit, though they may not see it now through the red ink marks, the Homework Detentions, the grammar rules, and the Honor Code. We work so that "Our team will never yield, our men forever will be true" - MUS Fight Song