Globalism is great but it’s not without its challenges. Yesterday, for example, I received this email from a young Old Boy who is spending his summer as a teaching assistant in a school in Africa, as part of his university’s social service program. A year ago, he was singing ,“You’ll Never Walk Alone” in Laidlaw Hall. Today he is feeling quite isolated.
If you have any advice for him, please send it along. Thank you.
I have a dilemma: Today a teacher caned several students in the hallway where I was standing. I thought it was a terrible and inhumane form of punishment, and all I could think of was your reminding us that ‘the hottest places in hell are reserved for those who remain morally neutral during a time of crisis.’
I know that caning is a part of their culture here but I completely disagree with its use. I felt like I should stop it somehow, but I wasn’t sure of what I should do. And I know that sounds bad.
So what I did was I left the school. It sounds weak, like I’m running away from it, but I felt like I had to at least be something like a conscientious objector. I couldn’t just go along with the caning.
I’m not going to teach during a school day when they cane here. Using violence as a way of teaching goes against everything I believe.
But I am wondering if you have any advice? I’m pretty far from everyone and everything I know and could use a little wisdom. Thanks.”