Can someone explain to me the definition of the title of "Educator"? In what way does it differ from "teacher" or "professor"?
A guest editorial in today's Seattle Post-Intelligencer, was written by Louise M. Wisechild, an "educator" and author. Her article is a standard issue snivel about the evils of big business, out to destroy the environment, poison the populace, and trample the "workers" (sometimes referred to as "employees") under them. She also launches a broadside against the defense industry.
An online search reveals that she is indeed a published author, with at least three books under her belt. However, none of the 71 citations google found on her defined her specialty, or where she teaches. (Her books deal with the subject of adult survivors of incest, possibly from a feminist angle, as a number of the citations lead to feminist organizations).
The only other writing of hers I was able to find online was this article, which appears to be yet another indictment against a military response to the September 11 attacks, and an assault on the military itself. It sounds like something written by Susan Sontag, only more forcefully anti-military.
Perhaps my association with the armed forces is causing me to overreact, but I have developed a great deal of enmity towards this woman from her writings. Would she call me a baby-killer or a warmonger if we were to meet? I cannot say. Color me offended.
UPDATE: 23 June/19:55 Dr. Weevil has found a wonderful satire by Saki, written in 1923, that captures the mindset of people such as Dr. Wisechild, and provides a plausible response to such an attitude. Go here to read his post, an excerpt from "The Toys of Peace", and a link to the entire text. Many thanks to the Doc for the ultimate rebuttal.
posted on June 22, 2002 01:29 PM