Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Worst President Ever...now what?

One more week...Good...Riddance...Bush.

I've said a number of times that I do not know why anyone would want to be president at this time but for all our sakes, I wish Obama well and hope he is able to be effective. But as I've argued, change will come from us, not a president or new administration. So with one week to inauguration day, I have a couple questions to ask (I ask my students these questions at the end of every semester):

1. What local, national, and global issues would you like to see change?
(examples: education, health care, gang violence, police brutality, global warming, AIDS, Iraq War, freedom for Palestine, End "isms" like racism, sexism, etc.)

2. What DO you do to address your chosen social issues?

3. What CAN you do to address your chosen social issues?

Post replies in comments and let's start to build solutions to the problems Bush has made a million...times...worse. There's no time to waste.


Anonymous said...


I do believe there are critical issues that confront nations of people, in the U.S. and abroad that are so much bigger than 1 person or groups of people: mostly time and resources are needed to confront a lot of situations concerning global warming, natural disasters, etc.) However, when we feel that we don't have the time or resources to confront issues that aren't in our own backyard, then we need to focus on our own. I do a couple of things to "give back." I mentor students in the classes that I teach, I contribute to the Combined Virginia Campaign that provides funding to various charitable organizations, and lastly, most importantly, I provide guidance to my own 3 children so that they can grow up as productive citizens. A lot of the issues we see in America stem from the breakdown of the family unit. I pray to God that people will get back on the right track.

Tina said...

Thanks Sunita for the comment. As I tell the students in my classes all the time, i know many do not know what to do because the tasks seem so daunting but if each did something...one thing...we'd see conditions in our communities improve. In one essay I wrote, I highlight mentoring, including our own children as you discussed in your comment.

***Mentor one child (For parents, mentor your children fully and completely). For childless adults (21+), mentor a child at your local school, Boys/Girls Club, or Big Brother/Big Sister organizations.

Each One Teach One; Each One Reach One.

This will bring the change we need.