Your writing Adam, and Amy's too, is moving, and as Kate noted in twitter, its going beyond pulling the quotes from the book and postulating about education.
I sure know what you mean by living in the red zone; my county went 70% Republican, re-electing a US representative who has spent a career nitpicking President Obama and a rep in our state house who boasted on TV that the earth is only 6000 years old. Arizona spending on education is down near the bottom, our high school graduation rates are less than 50%. We get what we don't pay for. But we did extend a sales tax last election, and did something else to move money from sales of public lands into education.
Yet they are lousy bandaids and about as far as supporting, value a public education and and educated public as you can get.
You cannot characterize a swath of population by the way the electoral college fell. But I cannot even say I know what America is about, at any level. It's impossible to really take it in, and worse if you believe in polling.
I'm not even done with Chapter 2, but I am impressed with the times of the formative years for both Horton and Freire that there seemed to be more widespread belief in the potential for people to gain from education, that there was a belief that we could better society together. It was believable that to helping black and poor people to read, and unlocking the right to vote, would empower them.
It's hard to even see much of that spark anymore, that so many beliefs have been crushed, negated, that our society is mired with an unbearable weight of cynicism.
Different as different can be from the era of #HortonFreire