Grappling with the Gray

Grappling with the Gray #72: Talking Turkey and Humble Pie?

December 06, 2023 Yonason Goldson Episode 72
Grappling with the Gray
Grappling with the Gray #72: Talking Turkey and Humble Pie?
Show Notes

When protestors respond to reasonable questions about their causes with, "Why does it matter?" isn't it long past time that we addressed the failings of our education system?

Tune in this Wednesday here on LinkedIn Live at 5:00 pm ET when Diane Helbig, Brian Kelly, and K Kimi Hirotsu Ziemski join the ethics panel for another episode of Grappling with the Gray.

Here is our topic:

Thanksgiving has become a complicated holiday: many seem to feel that either we whitewash offenses against Indigenous peoples or scrap Thanksgiving altogether.

But isn’t it a sign of maturity to express appreciation for the good while also acknowledging and taking responsibility for the bad? Isn’t it the job of education to teach young people the skills to navigate the complexities of history and moral dilemmas?

The recent viral spread of Osama bin Laden’s “Letter to America” has driven home what many critics of education have railed against for years. Carefully selected excerpts disseminated on TikTok have filled an information vacuum among young people who have been denied basic knowledge and critical reasoning skills to understand the context and significance of history’s worst terror attack against the United States.

Another popular video showed a young man soliciting signatures on a college campus to support the Hamas charter. Students eagerly agreed to sign. Thankfully, when they were told what the charter contained, they quickly recanted their support. But why did they not first ask to read what they were signing?

One young woman chanting from the river to the sea, Palestine will be free, was asked: “Which river?” Her reply: “What difference does it make?”

It is encouraging how many contributors have withdrawn their financial support after the recent wave of anti-Semitic violence on many college campuses. But aside from being outraged, what practical steps can we take to address the culture of ignorance and superficiality that is spreading through our society?

Meet this week’s panelists:

Diane Helbig is Chief Improvement Catalyzer at Helbig Enterprises, providing guidance and training to business owners and leaders around the world.

Brian Kelly is the CEO and Founder at Human Factors Consulting, LLC. He is an optimistic rebel, committed to humanizing leadership, relationships and workplaces by creating the conditions for people to thrive so your business can, too.

K Kimi Hirotsu Ziemski is Founder of KSP Partnership, providing project management and project leadership courses and workshops to improve team dynamics and communications.