Celebrate King’s Work Through Education

Editor, News-Register:

Fifty years ago last Monday, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is remembered for standing on the Lincoln Memorial delivering his most famous speech, “I Have A Dream,” leading social reforms in America, and fighting for civil rights. King preached of equality based on character rather than race or gender. He also believed that education was one of the most important aspects of an adolescent’s life.

To celebrate King’s life, public schools kick back, giving students a day off to commemorate his beliefs. Who doesn’t love a long weekend? However, the average adolescent spends his or her Martin Luther King Junior day sitting at home texting, tweeting, and watching the most recent episode of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians.” No form of learning is present on Martin Luther King Junior’s holiday. Is this the right way to celebrate King’s life?

King once said, “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of education.” Spending the day watching TV does all but what King spoke of. Giving a day off for a man who encouraged learning seems counterintuitive. Would Martin Luther King Junior want to be celebrated in this way?

Carinna Ferguson