If you are looking for the truth you've come to the right place.
Well, maybe a slightly warped version of the truth, but the truth nonetheless,
which is more than you'll get from the official web page Link here.
Our motives for going to the trouble to actually
spend precious summer hours working on this web page are numerous, but
we are going to tell you them anyway. It all started...(flashback)
in the office of a certain school principal W. Kennedy, no that's too obvious,
let's say Warren K. Actually it started with the beginning of public
education, but we didn't get a piece of the action until last winter.
Last winter we got wise and (hold your breath) we dared to write our (drumroll)
true opinions! We didn't mean too! No one told us that it was
against school policy! It's practically illegal! But we didn't
know that! An unfortunate by-product of independent thought!
And then we figured, hey, we're pretty deep in it
now, we might as well keep going and really piss some people off.
And how are we going to do this? We are going to continue to have
opinions...and we are going to comminicate them. I know..you're shocked.
You're wondering, how can they do that? It's heresy. Who knows
where the thinking will end? It could cause more people to have more
opinions, the madness would spread and eventually we might have a nation
that won't blindly follow orders, rules, whatever you call them.
Is the sarcasm too obvious?
The long and the short of it is that we all got
into deep trouble for writing a few articles that expressed our less than
sensational views in a non-violent way. These articles were never
published in their entirety, mind you, until now!
I found this quote in the Reader’s Digest. I think that it came
from a book called Punished by Rewards by Houghton Mifflin but I could
be wrong. I believe it was coined by a person named Alfie Kohn.
At any rate the credit belongs to one or both of these people.
“There is a time to admire the grace and persuasive power
of an influential idea,
and there is a time to fear its hold over us. The time to
worry is when the idea is so
widely shared that we no longer even notice it, when it is so deeply
rooted that it feels to
us like plain common sense. At the point when objections are
not answered anymore
because they are no longer even raised, we are not in control: we
do not have an idea; it