Pride and Science

1982 The American history teacher  
Living in southeast Wyoming with 19 Minuteman silos scattered around our county, and much current speculation about replacing those missiles with MX missiles, I read with sincere interest the article by Jack Whitney, "Biology Teachers and Peace" (ABT 43(9):502). His information on Albert Schweitzer's world view, which he called "Reverence for Life," led me to research the life and philosophy of this unique human being. Most of the books about Albert Schweitzer are currently collecting dust in
more » ... ollecting dust in the libraries of my community. Indeed, it had been 20 years since someone had checked out most of the books that I was able to gather and tote home. What a misfortune. At a time when much of the talk in the teachers' lounge is on "penny stocks" and the TV ads which have elementary students reciting the alphabet "A-B-C-D-E.F. Hutton," it is refreshing to study about a person who devoted himself completely to the service of humanity. As important as Albert Schweitzer's work of healing the sick in Africa was, it is increasingly clear that he should be remembered for his philosophical guide for nations that need healing. But, the question is how to incorporate more information into a biology curriculum that is already bursting at the seams. We must realize that peace education has to be a top priority. First, from an environmental viewpoint, even a "limited" nuclear war makes our problems with the current Secretary of the Interior seem insignificant. (And I never thought I would ever say that.) Second, from an economic viewpoint, our nation cannot endure spending more and more
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