Amazing. It's stunning that here, on my briefest of summer breaks, I'm looking out at a beautiful and serene dawn coastline, and absorbing the idea that the machinations of man can so utterly, repetitively, mess around with the clear and distinct, the sensible and stabilising principles of modern society, to the extent of a teacher needing to risk so much.
Why a principal can be sideways corrupted is beyond me. A world of fools, ignorant of the simple knowledge needed to create balance and harmony, bound up in their petty cantankerousness, toying with concepts and methods that brilliant and far-sighted people have recorded after so many generations of deep intellectual effort.
The contrast is simply stunning.
So. Aside, @doctorow, I wondered if the title "Little Brother" was inspired more by Orwell, or Asimov's early essay "Little Brothers". I'm leaning to the latter - whaddya say?
I'm reading The a Foundation trilogy - as these things work, steered there by a comment of Robin Williams. It's the Everyman edition, and has a wonderful commentary prior to the stories.
Asimov was so young when he wrote this, but seemingly utterly capable of threading together so many deep and fundamental strands of the weave that forms the nature of humankind.
How dare insidious administrators toy with the transmission and education of such ideas. If they fear @doctorow, let them writhe in anxiety at the collection of radical authors composing their orthodox reading lists. Y'know, like Shakespeare.