To graduates

Dear editor:

This letter is directed to the young people who are nearing the time of graduation, at every level of academic achievement and to those parents who have avidly supported their young ones to be prepared for life’s adventures.

First, congratulations on your hard work and may your future endeavors be successful. Next for a short final quiz I have excerpted the following from an article titled “The Purpose of Education”

“Education must also train one for quick, resolute and effective thinking…A great majority of the so-called educated people do not think logically and scientifically. Even the press, the classroom, the platform, and the pulpit in many instances do not give us objective and unbiased truths…

The function of education, therefore, is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. But education which stops with efficiency may prove the greatest menace to society. The most dangerous criminal may be the man gifted with reason, but with no morals…

If we are not careful, our colleges will produce a group of close-minded, unscientific, illogical propagandists, consumed with immoral acts. Be careful, “brethren!” Be careful, teachers!”

Is this an attempt to define the liberal and leftist agenda of the government and media and their endless spewing of political correctness with its objective to suffocate free speech and thought and thwart any sense of a moral compass? Is the above quote the ranting of some right wing extremist?

The answer is that it is from an article published in 1947 in the Morehouse College Student Paper, the Maroon Tiger. The author was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

God Bless our children to know that true freedom of thought and expression and moral values is a right for every one not just intolerant elitist liberals.

Dennis Atwater

Warren