You have been dying from anticip —–
What? You haven’t? Oh well, a blogger can dream.
As a matter of fact, I do have a suggestion for a training topic employers could use to replace existing diversity classes: U.S. Constitutional Law. You know, the civics stuff youth in the U.S. are supposed to learn in high school but, based on my in-depth review of social media comments during the past twelve months, most Americans have not yet grasped.
For instance, a recent tweet addressed possible punishments for flag burners. Whether or not you think someone is a monster for putting a torch to the Stars and Stripes, the First Amendment and centuries of court decisions make it clear that a person cannot be prosecuted or punished for burning the flag if he or she is doing so as a public expression of free speech. In other words, if someone sets fire to a flag in a movie theater, the business can evict the arsonist and the police can make an arrest. It is a safety issue, plus a movie theater is private property and the owner is free to make any reasonable rule (such as, you may not set fire to anything inside my building). On the other hand, if someone in a public forum sets fire to Old Glory as an expression of protest against someone or something, that person can’t be subjected to any type of punishment by the government. That would be censorship and our beloved and historic Freedom of Speech prohibits it. Americans with the most minimal of educations know this is not up for debate. (If you are trying to debate this – well, either contact a lawyer to sue your old school district for failing you miserably or a therapist to deal with your inability to accept fact).
The U.S. Constitution and its amendments are glorious things. Together, they set the parameters for our democracy. Employers would be doing the community a favor by helping people understand what the Constitution and its amendments mean.
My other idea for a required class is one that covers the basics of critical thinking and fact-checking.
Readers – what say you?
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