Mom and Dad, you won’t believe what they put on the official T-shirt we bought. I won’t ever wear it!” Our 17-year-old son was calling from Governor’s School, a six-week summer program for which he had been nominated by his high school. He was appalled because the “official T-shirt,” which he had ordered as a remembrance of his experience, had two phrases that he found appalling. The front of the shirt says, “Accept nothing.” The back of the shirt says, “Question everything.”
“Those sayings are just wrong,” he said. “They’re not what I believe.” While we too were troubled by the motto printed on the shirts, we were delighted that Nathan had the insight and judgment to be critical of them.