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Ignorance is not a valid option

October 5th, 2013 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Issues | Parenting

I tweeted this morning that Joe turned on the news and it took less than a minute for me to get angry – the lead stories being about the woman who was killed at the Capitol and the blame placed on postpartum depression, and the gathering on Parliament Hill asking for an inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women and the PM’s response.

A quick response to my tweet informed me that the answer is to stop watching the news.

Except that’s not an option.

You see, I choose not to be ignorant of what’s going on in the world around me. I want to know what’s happening so I can respond and make decisions and act out.

It harkens back to the session at Blissdom where Neil Hedley told us that he waded in to the bullying that happens online so we wouldn’t have to – except that we do.

Parents need to know where their kids are online. People need to know what their representatives are saying and doing – and not doing.

If you ignore it, it won’t go away, you’ll just be ignorant.

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