on furor over Chomsky's visit to High School
To Gail Spector, Editor
April 16, 2007.
Dear Ms. Gail Spector,
In reference to your article 'The real story behind Noam Chomsky' you wrote on your blog:
“I posted this column about Noam Chomsky's visit to Newton South. I have no doubts that many bloggers are going to disagree with my assessment. It sure would be nice to hear from some people who agree…”
Just so that you don't feel entirely alone, please see my letter to Channel 5 WCVB Boston regarding their 'sensationalistic' coverage on my website http://www.humanbeingsfirst.org.
The Newton school's administration and its Social Awareness group must be congratulated for their courageous decision to go against the grain to inform their students!
As you excitedly noted in your column: “My spirits lifted further when I spoke to a few students after the presentation. They didn't agree with everything they'd heard, but they were awestruck by Chomsky's presence and the depth of his knowledge. They were stimulated and excited. They knew this wasn't your average smart guy. ... A student group raised the level of discussion yesterday, both in the high school and in my home. That, folks, is the real story.”
Yes indeed! And there should be many more of these 'real story' happening all across America! Otherwise the moralists will continually be rewriting the 'Report on the Banality of Evil'!
It was indeed that last sentence of yours that prompted me to write to Chomsky and suggest to him that he spend at least 50% of his time within the high schools within his own Jewish community so that the youngsters can see and hear more of him while in their formative stages before they grow up and “United we stand” as 'Good Germans'. He wrote back saying he was always willing when there were “invitations”, to which I wrote back suggesting to him: “moses must go to the mountain” (uninvited).
Letter to Channel 5 URL: http://humanbeingsfirst.blogspot.com/2007/04/lettertochannel5-noamchomsky.html
Newton Tab Column URL: http://www.townonline.com/newton/homepage/x402958077
The author, a minor justice activist, grew up in Pakistan, studied EECS at MIT, engineered for a while in high-tech Silicon Valley (patents here), and retired early to pursue other responsible interests. He may be reached via humanbeingsfirst on gmail com.
This letter (I believe) was accepted by Newton TAB and will likely appear in their Wednesday Edition, April 18, 2007. http://www.townonline.com/newton/opinions/x775655430
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