Teaching the truth

kim jung un

A friend of mine is an English teacher at the excellent Christian high school I’m associated with.  She’d urged me to read The Orphan Master’s Son (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction) last year and I did, and I thought it was outstanding.  It’s the story of the terrible treatment of people in N. Korea and, as much as we know from the news, the book makes it clear there is a lot of evil we haven’t even heard of,  there is a dictator hurting people in ways we can’t imagine.  There is a mind game of broken promises, deprivation, punishing loved ones, surgical brain tampering, etc., that’s prevalent and beyond frightening.

Today I learned that Mrs. K had her AP (Advanced Placement) Seniors (graduating class of 2016) reading it this summer.  She had 17 of them to her home last night to talk about it.

Each student brought a Korean dish for the dinner meal….one brought this drink with her!!…….They had a meal, they all talked about the book.  One senior asked why, in his 11 years of schooling, he’d never learned of this situation in N. Korea.  They then were given darts to shoot at a dart board on which Mrs. K had put a picture of Kim Jong Un!

I love this teacher and admire everything about her, but what she did with these kids regarding N. Korea took the cake.  She opened the eyes to 17 kids who have been indoctrinated by the media, film, and the input of other school teachers, to the fact that tolerance rules over evil in our society.  Not in Mrs. K’s world!  With what she did last night, she taught them that to hate evil IS okay and to care about people in such horrible circumstances is a very good thing.  Doing something about it is even better, so she reminded them that the reason she wanted to discuss the N. Korean situation via this book, the dart board, the discussion, etc., is that they will soon be America’s writers, producers, business people, etc., and they must expose the cold fact that evil DOES exist and it’s absolutely fine to call it for what it is.

I thought you’d like this story and couldn’t wait to tell you about it…..Throwing darts at such extreme evil felt so right to me on a lot of levels;  let those kids feel what it’s like to hate something really bad, let them have a laugh about it, let them learn from this enough that they’ll fight for what’s right, fight for people in those horrendous situations.  There was no political correctness last night, there was truth.

Until our society gets back to recognizing pure evil and not tolerating everything just for the sake of tolerance, where do we go?  How does one fight evil if one won’t recognize it? How does one become a soldier if he’s been taught only to be tolerant?  How does one become a leader if one might leave one’s people defenseless for his inability to recognize true evil?  (sound familiar?)

I hope you enjoyed reading about the party last night and that you, too, see the merit.  It was a party at the home of one of their favorite teachers but it became so much more.  On so many levels.

korea dart board kelsey

Perhaps, through those high school kids, some day, young Koreans will be empowered to not only throw a dart at Kim Jung Un metaphorically, but in reality…….

And, perhaps those kids learned they need to pay attention also to what’s wrong in our society…….that they have every right to stand up with the pride of their convictions, with no fear of being considered politically incorrect, and without being shamed for how they feel.

God bless Mrs. K and those kids!  And please pray for the North Koreans. They really need it.


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21 Responses to Teaching the truth

  1. One senior asked why, in his 11 years of schooling, he’d never learned of this situation in N. Korea.

    Yet another failure of our education system today!

    In the homeschool group, one of my students wrote about how grateful she was for the U.S. involvement in the Korean War; she read her essay to the class, and the essay included great praise of American freedom. Her grandmother was rescued by our military and grew up in Seoul. If not for our military, her grandmother and mother and the girl who wrote the essay would have been enslaved in North Korea — or dead. The girl’s essay was “the teachable moment,” and the entire homeschool group did research about the Korean War, something about which they had known very little until that student shared her thoughts in that essay.


  2. bunkerville says:

    A beautiful story. Sadly, it looks like many in South Korea don’t appreciate what the U.S. did and does to protect them.


  3. bocopro says:

    Recently did a little digging around on NorKor, primarily to get some background on nuke material and delivery systems in light of the Iran “deal.” News organizations in other parts of the world have a different take from ours on the hermit kingdom. For example —


    I like to get a range of perspectives and opinions on major issues where possible. For example, if you check CNN, HLN, Fox, and OAN, what you discover is that none of them overtly lie about what’s going on, but they are sometimes editorially suspect in failure to present the WHOLE truth.

    Although Fox and CNN might report on the same situation, Fox will sometimes beat it to death while CNN gives it only a minute or two once and then relegates it to page 37. OAN tends to be the most objective of them all.

    My wife listens to news from Manila every day, and although the P.I. is culturally closer to us than any other nation in all of Asia, their news broadcasts often treat things much differently from how ours do. Similarly, the Brits and Scots and Irish deal with events in the colonies in terms and details far removed from how we Murkans do it.

    NorKor is an unnecessarily severe and deprived society ruled by an unqualified paranoid loon. But like a cornered varmint, it’s still unpredictable and dangerous, and its people aren’t all irretrievably ignorant or grotesquely stupid.

    You gotta admit, the Kim family has outnegotiated our gubmint for decades and managed to keep the goodies flowing in from China when the harvests fail and the gas tanks run dry.


  4. silverfiddle says:

    “Until our society gets back to recognizing pure evil and not tolerating everything just for the sake of tolerance, where do we go?”

    Great question. The first step is as you suggest. We loudly and boldly point out evil and call it by name. Let the idiots who disagree try to defend it.


  5. John M. Berger says:

    “One senior asked why, in his 11 years of schooling, he’d never learned of this situation in N. Korea.”

    You mean after a, reported, 54,246 American military deaths sustained by halting the spread of the insane communist plague of the “Kim family”, who to this very day threatens not only civilized South Korea but even the United States; our K-12 indoctrinated students know nothing of it? This is reprehensible! To the best of my knowledge the Korean Peninsula offers the most glaring contrast between a starving communist police state and a freer enterprising world class economy, juxtaposed, by those of the same ethno-genic origin. If this most relevant and serious situation isn’t being taught, what is? Did I miss something here?


  6. woodsterman says:

    And if you look in the other direction we have the Evil Iran. Our “tolerant Left” is about to make them much stronger. Our left should be hating them, but instead turn and look the other way in the name of false “Peace”.


  7. geeez2014 says:

    Am hoping to hear what you all thought of the teacher’s tactics; the darts, the conversation, the way she woke those kids up to putting aside the terrible and dangerous PC they’re absorbing through media inferences, other teachers, films/movies! I just looved that.

    I’m so glad you all are so up on the N Korea problem.


  8. geeez2014 says:

    bocopro, I highly suggest you read the book … sadly, it’s not fiction.
    That they have more food than before is very good to hear….that the brain games and lobotomies, and broken promises which break the spirit, the detention camps of unspeakable torture exist is something that needs to be addressed by the world.

    I agree with you about CNN and FOX: if it’s something CNN feels supports leftwing ideology, they take their time on a subject, as does FOX for rightwing ideology, and it’s up to us to find the middle ground. On N. Korea, I’m not sure there is much middleground, sadly. It’s hideous.

    AOW…imagine it’s not even really taught here! Being a dictatorship, I don’t know why they wouldn’t teach it as one; I’m quite sure that even when I attended school we didn’t discuss N Korea…or South, for that matter………. sad. Those people are so fearful and so brainwashed.

    Bunkerville; I don’t know what… I hope many of them do understand, particularly when they hear the stories from relatives, etc., from n Korea, right?

    SF: Imagine anybody defending N Korea? Now that you say that, it makes me realize that what most Americans (late night talk shows, etc.) do about N Korea is laugh at the leader; his plumpness, his goofy hairdo, the way he likes whiskey, right? We’ve all seen those skits and comedy routines about that… That’s, quite literally, all most Americans know….and, really, it’s anything BUT funny for his people!!

    John….your comment makes us pause… I think along those lines, too. The last thing an American media and its Democrat leaders want is a stark contrast between a “starving communist police state and a freer enterprising world class economy” Excellent point.

    Woodsterman….100% right!!


  9. baysider says:

    I don’t find the darts over the top at all – even when you first told me the story. It’s benign street theater in a setting that puts it in context. The book is gritty reading, but well worth it. If anyone is inclined to get the audio version you will get a depth that I believe is hard to encounter in the written text.


  10. Lisa says:

    Good for her. This is what we need,less tolerance not more. I find it amazing how the left makes people believe republicans are so evil, yet it’s the republicans and those on the right who are the ones who point out the evil around the world that the left looks away from.
    Liberals and their idiotic priorities


  11. geeez2014 says:

    Baysider…. I don’t find the darts over the top, either, obviously…I thought it was a MARVELOUS exercise that was FAR more about Korea….Mrs. K REALLY taught these kids an invaluable gift in a country where we’re so intolerant of anybody who says “That’s REALLY WRONG, just WRONG!”

    Lisa…isn’t she fabulous!!??
    And yes, Mrs. K and her amazing husband are strong Conservatives….and two of the most intelligent people I know.


  12. Bob says:

    That’s a great story, Z. In my readings about the Korean War, it is amazing the job the US military accomplished. They had to do the job with WWII technology, and many times in an environment for which they were not prepared. I don’t believe Korean War vets have gotten the recognition due. They had to fight Chinese best, and on occasion were surrounded in almost hopeless situations.

    My brother was killed in Korea. He was in a field artillery unit that saw action all over the Korean peninsula. They were there in support of the US Army at Heartbreak Ridge. Clint Eastwood’s film, Heartbreak Ridge, was erroneous from the aspect that the US Marines were not there.

    By the way, my brother joined the Tennessee National Guard on the idea that he wouldn’t have to be in the US Army. The National Guard recruited on the basis that those kids would not have to go to war. His field artillery unit was one of the first to be called up. He died as the result of a bad round being loaded into his 155 mm howitzer. They had been firing non-stop for over 24 hours. The entire gun crew was taken out.

    It does bother me that people are not taught what the sacrifices really were in the Korean War. Was my brother’s life given in vain? I don’t know, but I believe that somewhere in Korea, somebody’s live was made better and safer due the actions of our soldiers. I also know that my parents never got over it.


  13. geeez2014 says:

    Bob, I can’t imagine what your parents went through, and you. And then your more recent loss just brings that home again, doesn’t it. I’m so so sorry.

    Your comment is an important one and I hope a lot of people read it….The boys who died in Korea suffered in that extreme cold, etc….it was a tough time. I had a friend in Korea with the Marines….his friend reads my blog and I hope she sees this. He told me a little about it…she probably knows much more. But he never regretted his being there.

    Those vets deserve much more recognition; I’m thinking American kids don’t even know we had a Korean War.

    I’ve also been thinking how cunningly our Leftwing movement has taken memory of all those things away; America’s done nothing good around the world; all wars were by war mongers, our forefathers did nothing right if they had one slave, a kid doesn’t have to stand for the Pledge or even say it or sing our anthem (which aren’t problems if you at least have explained why we DO stand and sing),….I’m thoroughly, utterly convinced that Americans are the only ones who put down our own country in schools……..
    A country can’t survive that. It just can’t. A level playing field puts everyone on the wrong team.


  14. Sparky says:

    I’m sure I’m one of many thousands that have been praying for the North Koreans for awhile. Sometimes I forget, but God never does. And lately I’ve been trying to remember all that are falsely imprisoned, tortured, hungry, frightened, etc. They need Christ. Only He can save the world (but y’all know that).
    Our so called President is evil. I’m waiting for even the Left to recognize that. He’s going to get many more people killed before his time is over. Shame on the woman that bore him, and failed to fill him with the love of Jesus Christ instead of wickedness.


  15. Bob says:

    AOW: That is scary stuff. We have seen threats like this ever since the Panmunjom. With Junior taking over, and the economic situation getting much worse, we should not be surprised if this crazy guy does try to go to war. I believe most military experts think that South Korea could take care of the problem, and if we are there as we should be the conflict would not last very long.

    Well, all this assumes that we fulfill our promise to defend the South. With Obama in charge, I have my doubts that we would do our duty.


  16. South Korean is largely Christian.
    North Korea is largely not.
    The difference between dark and light.


  17. geeez2014 says:

    Ed, N. Korea is largely not….I have S Korean missionary friends and I think there are about 30% Christians in S. Korea…Protestant and Catholic. The difference is staggering isn’t it…I’d forgotten that time-lapse ….wow.
    Definitely light and dark in MANY ways. Imagine if Kim Jung Un became a believing Christian?

    Bob, I don’t think we back up our promises anymore.

    AOW….it feels like the whole world is falling apart, faster and faster and faster……..


  18. Kid says:

    Great Post Z. You said it all really, I can’t even think of something to add.


  19. Kid says:

    Ok, I did thinki of something to say. It’s not what they say, it’s what they don’t say. media, government, public education.
    In reference to Lisa’s comment, libtards don’t Want to know about evil. They have no capacity or interest in dealing with it, so their strategy is to ignore it. All forms of it – including themselves.


  20. geeez2014 says:

    thanks, Kid…I’m rich to have this amazing teacher as a friend. She does a fabulous job all the time.
    No, they don’t want to know evil, they don’t even understand evil; the only evil that liberals know is Republicans…..amazing.


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