Supporting Democracy

By Walt MacDonald

January 7, 2021

The events at our nation’s Capitol were shocking and outrageous, especially so for those of us who incline toward finding common ground even with those with whom we disagree vehemently. A democratic society as robust and dynamic as ours can succeed only when we all agree on the ground rules, the most obvious of which are that we don’t settle disagreements through violence or mob action.

The reality, of course, is that not everyone agrees to the ground rules. But facing that reality doesn’t require that we submit to it. And we will not allow any outbursts of political violence like the storming of the United States Capitol to make us complacent, let alone weaken our belief in democracy. Just the opposite. We must use the experience to redouble our commitment to our system of government, and to our belief in one another.

I firmly believe that democracy is the most effective tool for securing the blessings of organized society: peace, prosperity, the opportunity to learn and grow, belief in the future. I believe just as firmly that the work we do at ETS in advancing quality and equity in education supports democracy. And so ETS, along with so many other American businesses and organizations, stands with our democratic traditions, the most urgent of which at this moment is the peaceful transition of power after a free and fair election.

Walt MacDonald, ETS President & CEO