Steven Rensch
5 min readDec 16, 2021




The cure may now be out of reach, but that cure has nothing to do with ideology or curricula.

I was an English and History teacher for many years. My life went another direction, but I still feel that my teaching was the most important work I have done.

Most the kids I taught were open and had a spark about something. There were some that had suffered so much at home that they had become closed to education along with everything else in their lives. But most students were still generally curious and wanted to learn.

When I get discouraged about the divided, judgmental, bullying America that we have become, I think back about those kids, and I know that they are the only hope for the recapture of America’s promise.

What We’re Doing to Our Kids

But now the schools have become a pawn in the ideological battle that has already divided American adults.

I fault both sides for this.

For several years, a low-grade civil war has been going on regarding the theme and purpose of American education, but it has focused almost entirely on the university level. The charge was that colleges had become the bastion of liberalism, maybe even communism, but certainly anti-capitalism. Some of the accusers did not really know what those words meant…



Steven Rensch

Attorney,, teacher, counselor, coach; maverick in most groups; lots of kids and grandkids;;