Dear Sir, I am.

“Dear Sir,

I am.

Yours Sincerely,

GK Chesterton”

This was a letter that Gilbert Keith Chesterton, a British journalist, sent in response to a question posed in his newspaper column.

“What is wrong with the world?”

Chesterton’s response counters the belief that evil and corruption in our world stem from the environment.

He admits that the root cause of all that is wrong and corrupt in our hearts is well… us.

Around us, within us. Us.

Selfishness. Lack of care for those around us. Greedy intentions.

Interfering with our humanity, development, cooperation, purpose…. goodness.

As an educator, I wonder….

“What is wrong with education?”

“Dear Sir,

I am.

Yours Sincerely,


… but it won’t always be so!

3 thoughts on “Dear Sir, I am.

  1. Yes- I can totally relate. I’m always wrestling with the conflict of the one who creates the box that students are asked to “think outside of”. Sigh. I can create bigger boxes but…..still have some work to do.


  2. An inner moral dilemma is something, we as educators in the 21st century are always dealing with. Your post nudges that sore spot. We are teaching to students in ways very different to the way we learnt and for a future that is quite unknown and fighting a lot of real world issues of narrow-mindedness, politics, nepotism, authority, mistrust, that are creeping in to the education system. But, we need to continue to be the rebels in education, steering ahead to a brighter and more hopeful future. Our children are all we got.


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