When we look back 100 years, or even 50 years, we can see things that people did that seem bizarre to our modern eyes.
How could they have done that? That’s so cruel, that’s so inhumane, that’s so barbaric!
The thought occurred when a friend sent this article from the archives of the New York Times about a plan to “electrify” a classroom for children with special needs (they did not use such a polite term in 1912).
What were they thinking? How could they have thought of these children as lesser human beings, as subjects for experimentation?
Don’t you wonder what people will say about us 20 years from now, or fifty years from now?
Maybe they will be amazed that we ate meat or that we smoked little sticks with tobacco in them.
For sure, they will wonder why our public officials decided to ruin our education system, which produced the most successful nation and the greatest economy and most vibrant culture in the world.
What were they thinking, they will say. How could they have been so harsh and mean-spirited towards children? How could they have treated teachers with such disdain and condescension? Why did they let corporate greed take over their schools? It will seem so puzzling to them in the future.
I hope it won’t take 20 years to realize how stupid our policies are.
Please don’t lose your sense of ethics, your capacity for moral outrage.