Something was said in my hearing this morning that makes me want to sound off. A supposedly learned man made a very sweeping statement that condemned an entire group of people. It was a basic case of prejudice, but rather than an ethnic group or the gay community, it was pretty much anyone who did not hold a college degree from the "right" university that he was condemning.
Why do people feel they have a right to pass judgment on people they neither know nor care to find out about? There is no way the man this morning could have possibly spoken to so much as a tiny fraction of the people involved in the slight, let alone been able to make a judgment as to if they are educated. Yet he felt confident enough in his knowledge to make sweeping statements condemning a group of literacy volunteers. Seems no one, in his opinion, should be "teaching" without a degree. Uneducated rubes, as he called us, have no place being literacy volunteers.
Well please allow me to offer my “uneducated opinion”. It is uneducated as while i did attend a well respected university, I never completed university study. Life simply got in the way. But life itself is an educator, and when a man who is young enough to be my son gets so overwhelmingly pompous, I find it difficult to resist the urge to turn him over my knee and educate him on basic etiquette.
Think before you speak. God, or Allah, or Jehovah, or whomever it is you believe in gave you a brain for a reason, use it! I would like to think your mother would be as appalled as I was at the way you put down an entire group of people. In this case it was a group of volunteers who put in a large amount of time to try and help people who want to better themselves and improve their reading skills. You don't need to be a university professor to teach reading to the illiterate or to someone for whom English is a second language.
Gee I wonder what it would be called if someone hated that much on a group of gay men or an ethnic group instead of less skilled volunteers. Wait – there is a term for that, isn't there? It’s called “Bigot”.
Yes, I know on the grand scale badmouthing a bunch of literacy volunteers falls way below homophobia or ethnic prejudices. Please don't yell at me for the comparison. I just feel bigotry in any form needs to be addressed and eliminated.