Recently, a very intelligent individual said that Black children suffer more than White children.
For any child to suffer is heinous yet we except the suffering of children and profit from it, based solely on the color of their skin or parents economic status.
Hamlet’s famous soliloquy asks the question, ” Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune or to take arms against a sea of troubles and by opposing end them?”
Do we take the money and run or do we fight for righteousness and end human suffering?
“For who would bear the whips and scorns of time, th’ oppressor’s wrong, the proud man’s contumely the pangs of despised love, the law’s delay. . .”
Hamlet decides it’s better to be rich and miserable than poor and miserable.
“Thus conscience does make cowards of us all, and thus the native hue of resolution is sicklied o’er with the pale cast of thought, and enterprise of great pitch and moment with this regard their currents turn awry and lose the name of action.”
Reading Shakespeare is difficult however, taking the time to understand what was meant to be taught is important.
We are not educating our children to “be” but to “do” and because we have lost the understanding of the difference between the two, we are lost to the “conscience that does make cowards of us all.”
Preparing our children to be “college and career” ready sounds like a noble enough endeavor however, the human spirit should not be confined to such narrow paths.
Shakespeare understood the theater brought people of all ages, sexes, and social strata to a social understanding of where we could be, should be as human beings.
Shakespeare let his audience know, rich or poor, we are all subject to the questions of life whose answers determine our life’s path.
Educating our children to “do” instead of to “be” is wrong.
It is time to stop being cowards and stand up for the right of all of our children to an excellent education.
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