|Mini-rant, and sniplet about Olivia
||[Dec. 29th, 2005|02:03 am]
I largely identify as "liberal", and having said that, I'm dismayed with the constant "left" or "right"-wing labeling. Such labeling, I'm thinking, just further serves to polarize everyone.|
For example, on Amazon, i'm looking at reviews for a book about the American education system being dumbed down (more and more standardized tests and year-long preparation for those tests, leaving little room for real teaching of subjects plus skills and valuing real achievement, for example)... and one person said it was a "right-wing" look at education.
Given the subject matter mentioned above, I'm not sure if it really is a "right-wing" view. I agree with the book's sentiment. However, I don't think that most people are 100% "liberal" or "conservative", and wish that people wouldn't be so afraid to embrace something outside the "one-size-fits-all" box that usually constitutes either the liberal/Democratic or conservative/Republican groups.
I think all of these related labels should be abolished. But maybe it's just me.
In the past week or two, Olivia has begun taking some unassisted steps. She turned 10 months just over a week ago. She's my little monkey. :)