Public Education, Justice, Civil Disobedience and Conscientious Refusal—is there a Common Denominator?
When I was an undergraduate at Queens College in the 1970s, I took a course in political philosophy. As part of the course, I had to write a term paper. The 1970s was a very turbulent time in America and so I decided that my paper would be about the right of protestors to engage in civil disobedience in their opposition to the Vietnam War. When I started to research civil disobedience, I started with two premises: One that the protestors and draft resistors were absolutely right in their justification to take over buildings, burn their draft cards and even attack police and two that I understood what civil disobedience really meant and when it was justified. When I was finished with my research under the guidance of a true educator, I ended up having more questions than answers.
This professor taught me that a truly educated person is one…
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