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Fisking Slate over Public Schools

I took a break from working on Monster Hunter Nemesis to check Facebook, and of course I found a link to something so astoundingly dumb that it demanded an immediate fisking. It is such a jaw dropping level of stupid that my first thought was that it was a brilliant piece of satire by a free market libertarian who really hates collective do gooders, but the article is from Slate, and I don’t think anybody over there is clever enough to pull off something like that.

The article itself is your typical white guilt liberal pontificating on topics they don’t quite grasp and lecturing everyone about how to live in a manner that best assuages their white liberal guilt.  This article is dumb, even by Slate standards, and that is saying something, but there is some value to be taken from it as it is an excellent look into the thought process of ass kissing statists. If it was satire by somebody who has run into all of these same arguments before (I’ve seen all of these points pop up in various school choice arguments, only I’ve never seen them bundled so completely) then high five. Good work. If this author actually believes this tripe, then I’m amazed she figured out how to turn on her computer to type it.

http://www.slate.com/articles/double_x/doublex/2013/08/private_school_vs_public_school_only_bad_people_send_their_kids_to_private.html

As usual the original article is in italics. My comments are in bold.

If You Send Your Kid to Private School, You Are a Bad Person

A Manifesto

No kidding. It is actually subtitled “A Manifesto”. We’re off to a great start.

By Allison Benedikt

You are a bad person if you send your children to private school. Not bad like murderer bad—

Wait… Are we talking actual bad murderer bad, or murderers that liberals have the hots for bad, like Che Guevara? Or murderers that liberals don’t like to own up to like Kermit Gosnell bad? Because you know, liberals are into nuance and stuff.

but bad like ruining-one-of-our-nation’s-most-essential-institutions-in-order-to-get-what’s-best-for-your-kid bad.

So using a lot of unnecessary hyphens bad.

So, pretty bad.

Apparently. But please, Allison, educate us poor knuckle draggers why we should put the future of failing liberal institutions based on outdated philosophies dating back to the industrial revolution over the welfare of our children.

I am not an education policy wonk: I’m just judgmental.

Well you’re a liberal, so that goes without saying.

But it seems to me that if every single parent sent every single child to public school, public schools would improve.

And I can’t wait to hear how you figured this part out. Especially since everybody is always whining about overcrowded classrooms, so when a kid gets pulled out and sent to private school, you just freed up more public school resources, and *gasp* the parent paying for private school is still paying taxes which pay for the dumpy public school… but hey, I’m getting ahead of myself.

This would not happen immediately. It could take generations. Your children and grandchildren might get mediocre educations in the meantime, but it will be worth it, for the eventual common good.

Wait… Let me get this right… I need to needlessly screw up my children and grandchildren’s chances in the hope that maybe, just maybe, our shitty public schools might be decent in forty or fifty years. And this is the high note she picked to open her essay with. Holy shit.

Yes, comrades, sacrifice your offspring for the common good… Sure, that sounds bug nuts to most parents who don’t routinely put cigarette butts out on their children’s skin, but don’t worry, folks. Allison is just getting warmed up.

(Yes, rich people might cluster. But rich people will always find a way to game the system:

That’s correct, Allison. The reason people like me are “rich” is because we “game the system”. If by “game the system” you mean that I see to the well-being of myself and my family rather than meddling in other people’s business with utopian nonsense, then I totally agree.

That shouldn’t be an argument against an all-in approach to public education any more than it is a case against single-payer health care.)

Well, obviously Allison is in favor of single-payer health care (in the same essay where she talks about another government run system being hopelessly broken) because this time it will totally be better.

So, how would this work exactly? It’s simple!

A magical leprechaun will ride a unicorn down a rainbow and shoot awesome free healthcare out of its ass? Oh wait, we’ve moved back to the subject of how she wants to screw over decent parents again. Sorry.

Everyone needs to be invested in our public schools in order for them to get better. Not just lip-service investment, or property tax investment, but real flesh-and-blood-offspring investment.

Uh… What about all of the people who went to crappy public schools or whose kids already were in crappy public schools who fled to the private sector, or who would if they could afford to? And I can only imagine how much you despise those wretched home schoolers. Oh yeah, they’re murderer bad too, but not groovy Che murderer bad, just to be clear.

Your local school stinks but you don’t send your child there?

Hell lady, I actually MOVED because of how mediocre the local schools were. I could see they were sucking the life out of my children. I’ve got brilliant, imaginative kids with genius level IQs, and they were sullenly getting terrible grades and hating education because they were trapped in a dreary prison cell of a room dominated by mentally imbalanced rage monkeys and pill popping zombies, all under the supervision of a lazy ass, phoning it in until she could retire, teacher’s union parasite who thought the best way to deal with gifted kids was to give them tons and tons of useless brain dead busy work.

And that crappy school was fantastic compared to the junior gladiatorial academy I got to attend in California.

Then its badness is just something you deplore in the abstract.

Liberals are totally against deploring things in the abstract! (except global warming obviously, or other people’s healthcare, or other people’s wages, or other people’s business, or other people’s choices).

Your local school stinks and you do send your child there? I bet you are going to do everything within your power to make it better.

Yes, because caring parents have proven so capable of taking on entrenched teacher’s unions. I forgot that to liberals, everything in the world can be solved if you just CARE HARD ENOUGH, unless of course you care against something that favors democrats, because then you can go screw yourself. 

And parents have a lot of power. In many underresourced schools, it’s the aggressive PTAs that raise the money for enrichment programs

Wait… If I’m going to have to pay for this out of my own pocket after I’ve already been taxed for it, why don’t I pay for something actually GOOD instead?

and willful parents who get in the administration’s face when a teacher is falling down on the job.

BWA HA HA HAW! Snort. Yes, folks, that’s a liberal lecturing us on how easy it is to fix union employees when they screw up. 

Everyone, all in. (By the way: Banning private schools isn’t the answer. We need a moral adjustment, not a legislative one.)

Sure… Because you meddling busybodies have such an amazing track record of never ever legislating against things based on your feelings.

There are a lot of reasons why bad people send their kids to private school. Yes, some do it for prestige or out of loyalty to a long-standing family tradition or because they want their children to eventually work at Slate.

Oh horseshit, lady. I’ve seen more profound writing on the placemats at Denny’s.

But many others go private for religious reasons, or because their kids have behavioral or learning issues, or simply because the public school in their district is not so hot.

Sounds good to me.

None of these are compelling reasons.

I missed the part of the Constitution where it said that my freedom was limited to things that brain damaged collectivists found compelling.

Or, rather, the compelling ones (behavioral or learning issues, wanting a not-subpar school for your child) are exactly why we should all opt in, not out.

Did you actually just write that none of those were compelling except for the ones that are? (and remember kids, you need a super good education to write for Slate!)

 

I believe in public education, but my district school really isn’t good! you might say.

 

Yes. I did just say that.

 

I understand.

 

No. You don’t. If you did understand you wouldn’t be trying to guilt trip caring parents for doing what was best for the interests of their children.

 

You want the best for your child, but your child doesn’t need it.

 

Liberal Slate links to the liberal NYT to prove a liberal point. If there’s a stat in there provided by the DNC it is like Ouroboros eating its tail.

 

If you can afford private school (even if affording means scrimping and saving, or taking out loans),

 

Because apparently scrimping and saving are bad words now. (except us “rich” folks who “game the system” that consider that kind of thing normal behavior) And taking out loans is bad, unless you are taking out a loan to pay for your Gender Studies degree from a university because then the government should like totally bail you out.

 

chances are that your spawn will be perfectly fine at a crappy public school.

 

Unless they get shot by gang bangers in one of those gun free zones you guys love so much.

 

She will have support at home (that’s you!) and all the advantages that go along with being a person whose family can pay for and cares about superior education—the exact kind of family that can help your crappy public school become less crappy.

 

Funny. I can also choose to send my kid to a good school where she’s not miserable all day, AND still have all this awesome stuff at home too!

 

She may not learn as much or be as challenged, but take a deep breath and live with that.

 

How about you take a deep breath and live with the fact that your existing system is a complete train wreck and people who love their children don’t want to participate in your continuing failure?

 

Oh, but she’s gifted? Well, then, she’ll really be fine.

 

No. Actually she wasn’t. But what do I know? I’m just the loving and involved parent. It takes a village of white guilt suffering elitist liberals to tell us how to live.

I went K–12 to a terrible public school.

I went K-8 in a public school that probably made yours look like Harvard. My graduating class had 20 kids. Half of us could speak English. Of those, half could read. My town was half illegal immigrant. Our principal was a drunk. We had a handful of decent teachers but most sucked. Because I was bored out of my mind and unruly, my 4th grade teacher declared that I was retarded and recommended that I be medicated. Nope, turned out I was gifted and just bored out of my mind, but she was too lazy and apathetic to even try. She became principal after the drunk retired.   

My high school didn’t offer AP classes, and in four years, I only had to read one book.

The Good Earth? My condolences. And also, bullshit. I don’t care if you went to the Central Detroit Penal Academy for Gifted Drive-By Shooters, there would have been more than one book on the curriculum.

There wasn’t even soccer.

Only a liberal would cite a lack of soccer as a hardship.

This is not a humblebrag!

Yes it is, you pretentious liar. White guilt liberals always do this thing where they have to cite their suffering to show solidarity. Look at me! I’m a victim too! I understand your plight!  Sure, your kids in the hood can’t read, and they’re getting shot at by gangbangers, and they’re getting beaten on the bus, and they have to put up with coke heads and rapists, and they’re pregnant at 14, but I understand because my white suburban school didn’t have FUCKING SOCCER!

And since I’m a right winger, I don’t “humblebrag”. I straight up brag about my achievements and I OWN THEM. I had a shitty education. I had a poor upbringing.  The high light of my high school education was getting my face beaten in by four gang bangers because I was in the wrong place at the wrong time and looked at somebody funny. Despite being a product of shitty to mediocre public schools, I worked my ass off. I’ve gone through multiple careers and tried and failed and then tried again. I grew up with a functionally illiterate father but I’m a bestselling novelist.

I’m not a whiny ass victim, so of course I brag because I’ve lived the American dream and succeeded. Now I’m going to continue the American Dream and GIVE MY KIDS A SHOT AT A BETTER LIFE THAN I WAS GIVEN. That’s sort of the idea. My grandparents immigrated here so they could have a better life than their parents, and my parents had a better life than their parents, and I’ve had a better life than my parents, because we’ve all started out standing on the shoulders of those that came before us, and now I’m blessed to help my kids. I did that hard stuff so now my kids don’t have to. They have a head start and I’m excited to see what they accomplish with their lives. That’s how the American Dream works.

Allison, you’ve got the American Dream exactly ass backwards. Your kids shouldn’t suffer to assuage your pathetic hang ups. It is your duty to suffer in order to give your kids more opportunities, you selfish imbecile.

I left home woefully unprepared for college,

By how woefully unprepared you were to write this essay, I’m not surprised.

and without that preparation, I left college without having learned much there either.

Yeah, you certainly sound like a winner. An ignorant drop out? Why yes. That’s exactly who I want to take parenting advice from!

You know all those important novels that everyone’s read? I haven’t.

And even though you’ve been out of school for how long, you’ve been too busy watching episodes of Honey Boo Boo and laughing at how obviously dumb all the rednecks must be in flyover country, that you’ve been too damned lazy and apathetic to read any books during that period. I’ve written more books than you’ve read.   

I know nothing about poetry, very little about art, and please don’t quiz me on the dates of the Civil War.

Holy shit, Allison! They’ve got the internet on computers now! I’m assuming you typed this screed on a computer. Fucking go to Wikipedia already! (Though I guess that would explain why so many modern democrats don’t know that they were the slavery party…)

I’m not proud of my ignorance.

Of course you’re not, which is why you just bragged about it in a self-righteous essay while you told people smarter than you about how they should live their lives.

But guess what the horrible result is? I’m doing fine.

Bitch please. You write for Slate because you couldn’t master a fry cooker.

I’m not saying it’s a good thing that I got a lame education.

Oh, I’m sorry. Is that not what I just read? When Slate’s editor gets back from working his shift at Starbucks you may want to talk to him about message clarity.

I’m saying that I survived it, and so will your child,

Unless they get beaten to death by the local drug dealers, or they get hooked on drugs, or they get shot by a gang, or they get raped in the bathroom, or they drop out because their school absolutely sucks, or they graduate totally ignorant and unemployable and go on to utterly fail at life, because oh, I’m sorry, Allison the fucking suburbanite is on the internet lecturing people who deal with actual shitty public schools in inner city hell holes about how they should just suck it up like she did. I mean come on, she didn’t even have soccer.

who must endure having no AP calculus so that in 25 years there will be AP calculus for all.

You don’t read books, you don’t know when the Civil War happened, and you write for Slate. I’m not taking any bets on your mad calculus skillz.

By the way: My parents didn’t send me to this shoddy school because they believed in public ed. They sent me there because that’s where we lived, and they weren’t too worried about it. (Can you imagine?)

Seeing how apathetic and lazy you are about your profound ignorance, yes, I can imagine that rather easily.  

Take two things from this on your quest to become a better person: 1) Your child will probably do just fine without “the best,” so don’t freak out too much, but 2) do freak out a little more than my parents did—enough to get involved.

You’re like a fortune cookie, only with more self-loathing.

Also remember that there’s more to education than what’s taught. As rotten as my school’s English, history, science, social studies, math, art, music, and language programs were, going to school with poor kids and rich kids, black kids and brown kids, smart kids and not-so-smart ones, kids with superconservative Christian parents and other upper-middle-class Jews like me was its own education and life preparation.

She’s an upper-middle class suburbanite. This is my shocked face. But don’t worry. She went to school with people who looked different. Yay! Sure, she’s dumber than pencil shavings, but diversity! 

Reading Walt Whitman in ninth grade changed the way you see the world? Well, getting drunk before basketball games with kids who lived at the trailer park near my house did the same for me. In fact it’s part of the reason I feel so strongly about public schools.

What the fucking fuck? That’s your best defense of public school? Getting wasted at the trailer park? Okay, that does explain a lot, but why didn’t you just skip that whole go to class part and cook meth all day instead? At least then you would have learned some basic chemistry. “Well class, today we’re going to learn how to huff paint so that you can have well rounded life experiences.”

Many of my (morally bankrupt) colleagues send their children to private schools.

Let’s see, you want to sacrifice your children’s well-being for political correctness, and you’re a spoiled, ignorant, stuck up suburbanite trying to display street cred solidarity with people who are actually suffering, and you’re calling your colleagues morally bankrupt?

I asked them to tell me why. Here is the response that most stuck with me: “In our upper-middle-class world, it is hard not to pay for something if you can and you think it will be good for your kid.”

Nobody ever told you that. Nobody actually talks like that outside of anonymous Slate, Salon, or Mother Jones straw man quotes. But then again, I don’t hang out with a bunch of white guilt ridden pseudo-journalists so maybe you guys do, but just in case you need a future quote, let me rephrase that response into Normal American for you: “They’re my kids and I’ll do what I think is best for them, so fuck off, you nosy busybody.”

I get it: You want an exceptional arts program and computer animation and maybe even Mandarin. You want a cohesive educational philosophy. You want creativity, not teaching to the test. You want great outdoor space and small classrooms and personal attention. You know who else wants those things? Everyone.

Why don’t you go ask some parents in Washington DC what they wanted before Obama screwed them over on school choice? It probably wouldn’t be arts and computers and Mandarin. It would be I don’t want my daughter pregnant and hooked on crack at 12.

Whatever you think your children need—deserve—from their school experience,

They need—deserve—you to pull your head out of your ass and allow people to exercise their personal freedom in how they live their lives.

 assume that the parents at the nearby public housing complex want the same.

Good. I’m all in favor of school choice.

No, don’t just assume it. Do something about it. Send your kids to school with their kids.

Oh look. It’s the soft racism of the left again. People in “public housing complex” don’t want what’s best for their kids, so it is up to suburbanites like Allison (or her poor kids, if she actually has any) to fall on the sword to lift them up. Oh whatever would we do without you, noble majestic liberal?

Use the energy you have otherwise directed at fighting to get your daughter a slot at the competitive private school to fight for more computers at the public school. Use your connections to power and money and innovation to make your local school—the one you are now sending your child to—better.

Do you sleep in a helmet?

Don’t just acknowledge your liberal guilt—listen to it.

Sorry, since I’m not a fucking idiot I don’t have any liberal guilt. If you actually admit to having liberal guilt, it is because you suck and are a complete failure at life. Cowboy up. Take responsibility for yourself and your family and quit listening to rudderless losers like Allison.  

So after reading all of that dreck, if you want to watch something actually interesting about the issues of failing schools, check out Waiting for Superman.  http://rcm-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&bc1=000000&IS2=1&bg1=FFFFFF&fc1=000000&lc1=0000FF&t=monshuntnati-20&o=1&p=8&l=as4&m=amazon&f=ifr&ref=ss_til&asins=B003Q6D28C

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Tim Covington
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3 years 1 month ago
1. I completely agree with you Larry. I had the privilege of going to a truly excellent private school in the late ’70s. We actually got to use a computer. After that, it was back to public schools. What a nightmare that was. I was smart enough to see that the “honors” classes in middle and high school were nothing but kids having to do more work. So, I chose to take regular classes. I wish I could have stuck with private schools longer. 2. I didn’t see anything either way, but I’m betting this woman does not have children… Read more »
julie
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3 years 1 month ago

Did I miss the part where she said she actually HAD kids? I’m half betting that she doesn’t. She sounds like one of those pre-kids adults who knows all about child rearing and has “great” parenting advice.

Rob Crawford
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Rob Crawford
3 years 1 month ago

Others have tracked down that she has three kids, none of them old enough to go to school yet.

Keith Glass
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3 years 1 month ago

Why does this feel like another one of those “My Month with a Gun” type essays. . .

Keith Glass
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3 years 1 month ago

Aren’t we hoping she DOESN’T have kids ?? After all, do you really want something that utterly idiotic actually BREEDING ???

Julie Frost
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3 years 1 month ago

Typical white guilt liberalism. We can’t left everyone up with higher standards, so we have to drag them all down to the gutter instead.

That article reads like a parody, but I don’t think Allison is smart enough or self-aware enough to actually write parody. The mind boggles. Or, it would if this wasn’t the same crap we got fed day in and day out by the liberal establishment.

Unix-Jedi
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3 years 1 month ago

That article reads like a parody,

It’s a troll. HT to Ace of Spades – they’re posting this crap for the eyeballs.

http://ace.mu.nu/archives/342926.php

Stoutcat
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3 years 1 month ago

Well, I was going to blog about the Slate article, but you pretty much just said it all. Outstanding!

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NR Pax
3 years 1 month ago

I made an honest effort of reading the comments over at Slate. So far, I haven’t seen anyone supporting her idiocy. Ten bucks says she posts an article whining about how mean conservatives were being to her for daring to speak truth to power.

Windy Wilson
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Windy Wilson
3 years 1 month ago

If she does write an article whining about the reaction to “speaking truth to power”, please let us know, as I want to remind her that speaking truth to power never gets a standing ovation.

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NR Pax
3 years 1 month ago

I still have to decontaminate my HAZMAT suit from the last visit but sure!

totc
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totc
3 years 1 month ago

Ok, I am going to jump the gun and early on she mentions real flesh & blood investment. I thought liberals want us to abort our children for the good of mother gaia.

Julie Frost
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3 years 1 month ago

No Child Left At All!

thewriterinblack
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3 years 1 month ago
Ironic that the author of that piece doesn’t realize that her very arguments show how very wrong she is. And all that “involved parent”? I have to use much of that effort to correct crap the schools are “teaching.” Case in point: On one of her report cards one of the subjects was social studies and the particular topic was something like “understands that governments are needed to provide services…” Whoa. So I asked my daughter what they were teaching her about government. She went into an example of a street sweeper and how it needs to be paid for… Read more »
RabidAlien
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3 years 1 month ago

I’m…..I mean….its just…..I……omg…..

::bangs head on desk and sobs for the future of the race::

Patrick Richardson
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3 years 1 month ago

What the actual fuck? I kept waiting for this ignorant, silly bint to make it clear this was satire, but she actually believes this happy horse crappy.

My GOD. I do have to say, Larry, you forgot one though, “Hey Allison, your messiah? Obama? Yeah that guy? His daughters? Yeah, private school.”

thewriterinblack
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3 years 1 month ago

On a tangentially related note: I wonder what Obama’s daughters eat in school. How does it compare with Michelle’s “guidelines”?

Patrick Richardson
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3 years 1 month ago

Yeah, do a back search on PJM for school lunches, I had a rather extensive article last year about how bad that program is and how much food is wasted.

But I’d bet they eat whatever they want as private schools are not bound.

Jen
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Jen
3 years 1 month ago

They probably eat a lunch they bring from home prepared under Secret Service scrutiny. No nutritional guidelines for the Obama girls! They get to eat whatever and how much they want!!

stevepoling (@stevepoling)
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3 years 1 month ago

DUDE, you’ve buried the important point. Ms. Benedikt has claimed that Dear Leader is a bad person.

Geoff Whisler
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3 years 1 month ago

Isn’t criticizing the Obamas – who send their kids to private school – racist?

Bill
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Bill
3 years 29 days ago

No – and you’re an idiot.

k.M. Dawson
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k.M. Dawson
3 years 1 month ago

Where do you get the idea she is a liberal? She sounded an awful lot like the conservatives I know!

Joseph Capdepon II
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Joseph Capdepon II
3 years 1 month ago

Caricatures of conservatives that Progressive spew forth from their rotting face orifices perhaps.

Joseph Capdepon II
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Joseph Capdepon II
3 years 1 month ago

Larry, I will write his or her reply before they do because I don’t he or she will bring their A game, quite possible their D or F game.

Blah, blah, blah, conservative anti-science, racism, bigots, hate women, blah, blah, blah, you are all poopy-heads!

chris durrant
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chris durrant
3 years 1 month ago

Did you miss the line about her “liberal guilt”?

Rick Randall
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3 years 1 month ago

k.M. Dawson: And what, pray tell, actually sounded “conservative” to you AT ALL?!?

steve
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steve
3 years 1 month ago

Ummm, guys, I’m pretty sure that was a sarcastic jab at our current crop of “conservatives”. Think John McCain.

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Draven
3 years 1 month ago

[blockquote] Because I was bored out of my mind and unruly, my 4th grade teacher declared that I was retarded and recommended that I be medicated. Nope, turned out I was gifted and just bored out of my mind[/blockquote]

Sounds familiar, except in my case it was first grade.

*pops some popcorn and waits for the inevitable looney comments*

Bruce Cook
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Bruce Cook
3 years 1 month ago

Ha ha ha ha! I was sent to remedial reading classes (1st & 2nd grades) with the kids who “couldn’t” read. It’s called dyslexia! Of course I shouldn’t complain…the classes were so bad that I trained myself to recognize what my brain was doing and retrained it to stop doing that. Now I only have that problem when I’ve been up for more than 48 hours.

BTW, since I’m a frequent lurker and this is my first post here – THANKS FOR THE AWESOME BOOKS, LARRY!!! And the bad-ass posts here as well! 🙂

Kristopher
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Kristopher
3 years 1 month ago
Same here … my fourth grade english teacher sent me to a psychiatrist to eval my IQ for admission to the shortbus program. The psych reported that I had the highest IQ he had ever tested. I found fault with the last test … I couldn’t place the second of the last tile in the obvious spot in the story line, because the building shadows on it were incorrect. I explained to him that this picture had to be taken either eight hours later, or in some other time zone. At that point he gave up, and went straight to… Read more »
Wes S.
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Wes S.
3 years 29 days ago
Also been there and done that, starting in kindergarten and continuing well into middle school. In my case, my school had no program for gifted students; they didn’t want to jump me a grade due to possible “social dislocation” and I was bored silly with the classwork. (I tested out at a fourth-to-fifth grade reading level prior to starting kindergarten.) So instead, starting in third grade, they put me into a special education class, with children who had actual learning disabilities the teachers weren’t qualified to handle, and with all the redneck kids they couldn’t be arsed to teach in… Read more »
Darrell
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Darrell
3 years 1 month ago
Ah Larry, nothing in that essay surprises me. I am in a College English 1A course right now with a Professor younger than I am, who is awash in Liberal White Guilt. Our entire course is based on modern racism (But not reverse racism. That cannot happen). Our supplementary text is a book of essays on racism, written by a white woman with liberal white guilt (“Notes from no mans land” by Eula Biss). It is a very hard class in which to keep my calm. I am a small business owner, a father, and a disabled veteran; and I… Read more »
Andrew
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Andrew
3 years 1 month ago

Good luck man. All I can say is CLEP.

RabidAlien
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3 years 1 month ago

Thank you, sir, for your service and sacrifices, and for having the strength to keep your mouth shut when so many of us would, at the very least, walk out of the class laughing at the idiot.

Jeff Talbut
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3 years 1 month ago

I think they were just trolling for traffic with this article…I’m betting that there is a quiet bet with some folks at Salon and elsewhere over who can write the most pretentious unthinking drivel and generate the most page views.
My simple challenge to the Author would be to ask them to .commit some “Flesh and blood offspring commitment” on a more general socital level and move to Harlem, SS Chicago, Oakland or Detroit…for the betterment of all.

Insectress
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Insectress
3 years 1 month ago

If another of her other articles I found on a Internet is accurate, she has three children.

Patrick Richardson
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3 years 1 month ago

Too bad being an idiot isn’t reason enough to get them out of there and to someone who might give them a decent shot in life.

steve
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steve
3 years 1 month ago

Wondering if the 3 children are real?

Remember reading: “getting drunk before basketball games with kids who lived at the trailer park ” ?

Now you know.

steve
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steve
3 years 1 month ago

Oops: I was wrong. She wrote another article about having kids too late, and wishes she’d started having them 5 years earlier. My bad.

Todd
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3 years 1 month ago

Um… How terrible am I if I homeschool?

LittleRed1
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LittleRed1
3 years 30 days ago

Almost as bad as I am: I substitute teach at a private school. Why? Because the public school won’t let me. You see I “only” have a PhD in history, not a BA in Ed.

joecrouse
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joecrouse
3 years 1 month ago
I guess she would LOVE me> I chip in to fund these palaces of failure and I have no interest vested or theoretical In the schools. I chipped in 535 dollars in CITY taxes (County City and State taxes where I live!) and they took that money and a crap ton of other folks… And they got some hefty donations, Did they buy a new computer lab, no how bout a science lab Nyet Tovarich, A LIBRARY PERHAPS? NO!!!! THEY WENT AND PUT UP A STADIUM WITH AN ASTROTURF F’ing FIELD! FOR THE FOOTBALL TEAM THAT CAN BARELY FIELD A… Read more »
dracphelan
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dracphelan
3 years 1 month ago

Sounds like you’re in Texas. That is one of my huge gripes with US schools in general. There is way to much money spent on extracurricular things like sports. A local school district next to mine just spent millions of dollars to put in a video scoreboard for the high school football stadium. There is something definitely wrong with a high school football stadium having a video scoreboard.

IMO, that money would have been better spent on academics. But, since high school football is the unofficial state religion of Texas, that is considered heresy.

joecrouse
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joecrouse
3 years 1 month ago

No I am a prisoner in the peoples republic of Maryland. And I would have the same issue with the idiots that did that in Texas too.

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amythest
3 years 1 month ago

Larry…I was so annoyed by the opening comments that I could not finish the article….I guess you could say that I am a liberal compared to most Republicans….but not as liberal as the Democrats..I am an Independent…as this person is crazy ….

Jeff Talbut
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3 years 1 month ago

…another brief observation, anybody sending kids to a school is a member of the Public…unless they work for the Govt. Private schools are populated and run by members of the Public. “Public” schools are actually Govt. schools. Yet members of the Govt. by large margins send THEIR children to “Private” schools.

Andrew
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Andrew
3 years 1 month ago

Larry, you made a mistake. Quick correction:

“Let’s see, you want to sacrifice your children’s well-being for political correctness…”

Should be:

…you want to sacrifice the well-being of everyone’s children…

Dave O.
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Dave O.
3 years 1 month ago

Do you hate me, Larry? I trusted you, and you exposed me to this shite! Ahhhhh! It burns! The stupid burns!

Sam
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Sam
3 years 1 month ago

If this article is not sarcasm, then it is terrifying…

djole
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djole
3 years 1 month ago

Im’a use this as a reading for students in my college Freshman composition class which starts in a few weeks! It will be a good example of empty, yet heartfelt, rhetoric. The spelling is fine, paragraph structure A-ok, but the ideas and content are wonderful examples of navel gazing. Then again, she’s a Slate writer, so she’s just singing to the choir.

Conor Mcvarnock
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3 years 1 month ago
“my first thought was that it was a brilliant piece of satire by a free market libertarian who really hates collective do gooders…” Really, that was my reading, this whole thing is like an obtuse Randian caricature of “what liberals really think”. As a liberal all I can say is “this person does not represent us”. The essential error, the one I can’t get past and what makes me think this is satire, is that she doesn’t acknowledge the problems with public education as is or posit a reasonable alternative, or a means of reaching that alternative. Or even talk… Read more »
Rob Crawford
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Rob Crawford
3 years 1 month ago

“Socialist Worker”? Really? You cite them and claim to be a “liberal”?

Jonathan Briggs
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3 years 26 days ago

I wonder where people get the idea that criticizing the source of an argument means anything?

Are the facts cited and the argument valid? That is all that matters, not if the source is Reason or Socialist Worker or the LA Times.

(I actually got called liberal once for citing an article in the LA Times. All I wanted was the first Google search hit describing a particular event but did the moron care? No, he saw LA Times and his brain shut off.)

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Draven
3 years 25 days ago

When the source is known to be biased (like , say, Socialist Worker, the L.A. Times, etc) then its value as a news source is questionable, especially for certain items.

John P
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John P
3 years 28 days ago

Randian caricature? Speaking as an Objectivist, quite a few liberals of the last dozen years seem have told their speechwriters to use Rand’s villains as the basis for their speeches and policy advocacy in the last 20 years.

Drang
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3 years 1 month ago

Jee.
Zus.
Christ.
What an ignorant, entitled, bint.
“AP calculus for all”? Really?!

Note that I speak as a alumnus of the nicest of Detroit’s “Penal Academys for Gifted Drive-By Shooters” — the same one that produced Ted Nugent and George C. Scott, in fact — and we had no “AP” curses at all, that I recall. You just had the option of taking more than the required math and science courses. Spanish, too, although I don’t recall if they had more than two years of French. (It was Detroit, so no Latin of Greek.)

Rick Randall
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3 years 1 month ago

And, BY DEFINITION, you cannot have “AP” courses “for all”.

AP = Advanced Placement.

Alison just said, basically, she thinks that if you sacrifice your kids NOW, then EVERYONE will be “significantly above average” in a few decades. . .

FACEPALM

Kristopher
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Kristopher
3 years 1 month ago

Libtards don’t believe in gifted people.

They think that with the correct government bead rattling, and after spending enormous sums of cash, we can all somehow become “gifted”.

Thinking that some people are genetically better than others is Racist!

PavePusher
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PavePusher
3 years 1 month ago

Allison Benedikt is, in all seriousness, advocating child abuse. I hope she chokes.

joecrouse
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joecrouse
3 years 1 month ago

oh hell I advocate child abuse too. *if you use most liberal meaning of child abuse imaginable

Percussive conditioning (known to most people here as a crack on the backside) is a TIME HONORED method of raising a child. Works a TREAT too. I’m sure everybody here deserved a whack on the butt and got more than a few.

Aimee Morgan
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Aimee Morgan
3 years 30 days ago

Heck, I was spanked AND forced to watch Monty Python. I am the epitome of an abused child.

JBFunk
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JBFunk
3 years 26 days ago

That IS education. I definitely learned when my parents applied the Board of Education to my Seat of Learning. Well, technically it was the Rod of Correction, my parents being horrible bitter clingers(wonderful Christians), but Board of Education makes a better joke.

Ruffslitch
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Ruffslitch
3 years 1 month ago

BRAVO!! ENCORE! I posted that at work. I’m so glad you skewered it!

KAries
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3 years 1 month ago
I got the shit kicked out of me the one year I went to a “normal” public school. Apparently, I was too smart because I could read. In second grade. When my parents got the call that I’d made it into a very exclusive alternative school, they cried and then went to work to help open a high school just like it (it stopped at 8th grade when I got in.) I was part of the first class to attend from beginning to end and I have been so grateful for that education. I got almost nothing from college but… Read more »
Emily Davidson
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Emily Davidson
3 years 1 month ago
Wow. She makes me embarrassed to be female. I grew up in the crappy public school system (not as crappy as yours Larry) and it definitely put me behind when I got to college. If I can at all manage it, my children will not have to endure the same. I’m sorry Allison, but I care about my childrens’ futures. I’m not going to offer them a crappy public education so someone else can join the soccer team. And if parents ever did pull their children from the private schools, public schools won’t improve. They’ll get worse. There will be… Read more »
james
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3 years 1 month ago

Well said. I have to add, that religious reasons are also compelling reasons to put your child in private school.

Guest
3 years 1 month ago

Did you actually just write that none of those were compelling except for the ones that are?

She left “religious reasons” off the “compelling” list.

Julie Frost
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3 years 1 month ago

That’s because “religious reasons” don’t even OCCUR to her.

And, if they do, well, it’s just those WEIRD and RADICAL Christian people, and they’re idiots who should be forced to send their kids to a public school to counteract all that church-y brainwashing, don’tchaknow.

Rick Boatright
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3 years 1 month ago
I, and my children, had the wondrous gift of attending excellent public schools. In 1971 I was a student in my public high school’s first computer programming class, with hands-on access to IBM mainframes. I had superb science and math instruction, having benefited from great elementary and middle school teachers who recognized gifted students and handled them by giving essentially unlimited library access. My 9th grade algebra teacher recognized the first week that I had already completed the course work, and gave me a library pass for the class period for the rest of the year. The librarian assisted in… Read more »
Raymond McCune
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Raymond McCune
3 years 1 month ago

I felt the burn so bad I had to put on ointment after the first paragraph. I think I blistered just from the reflected awesome fisking!

Jonathan Arter
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3 years 1 month ago
You missed a point. My kids local PTA has a funding goal of about $5k-$5500. That is less than the funding of having one additional student show up. Yes, they get about $6500/student at your local school (Utah). National average is about $10k, DC average is about $28k. The teacher’s union isn’t the one wasting most of that money either. The teacher’s salary is probably about the first 1-2 rows of kids in their room. The other 18-30 students worth of funding goes to “expenses” while the teachers are having to bring school supplies from home.
Wraith
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3 years 1 month ago

It’s satire. It has to be satire.

Because if there now exists even one human being so incredibly stupid as to write something like this seriously, I’m thinking we’re about five minutes from the Apocalypse.

Forgotten Lore
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3 years 1 month ago
I went to private school for grades K-12. And I will say that with pride, as well as great relief. Growing up, I lived well within blast radius of more than one public school. Which was terrifying in itself, since those schools never lacked in bomb threats. But anyway, my point is, both my parents and myself were more than happy to travel 20 minutes there and back each and every day to get me to a bombless, gangless private school. And it was well worth it. I studied hard. I gained genuine knowledge. (Wait, what’s that saying? Knowledge is… Read more »
Javahead
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Javahead
3 years 1 month ago
We were lucky – at least some of the local public schools are excellent. So we stretched all that we could to buy a home in that district, even though it cost considerably more than most other areas. This after we ran the numbers and decided that it made more economic sense than our original plan to send our kids to private school. If we hadn’t had the options we did, we would have home schooled. And Allison’s welcome to go bugger herself with a frag grenade if she thinks we should screw up *our* kids to assuage her sense… Read more »
Joe in PNG
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Joe in PNG
3 years 1 month ago

But Larry, don’t forget, that to a certain, nasty subsection of the Guilty Left, having a child knocked up, hooked on drugs, shot by a gang, or whatever else is seen as a ‘good thing’, a chance to become ‘authentic’.
Hell, what better way to ‘humblebrag’ than talk about your child’s meth addiction.

MadRocketSci
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3 years 1 month ago

Thank you for this island of sanity. I read that article yesterday.

My first reaction was that this couldn’t possibly have been written seriously. It has to be some sort of trolling. It has to be … right?

I suppose I am a Bad Person. But then, when your choices are to be Good, or to be free, free wins hands down.

jabrwok
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jabrwok
3 years 1 month ago

My standard rule is to ignore anyone who uses “she” instead of “he” when sex is unspecified. This ditz just reinforces my conviction that that’s the right call.

Bob
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3 years 1 month ago
Gee Larry, tell us how you really feel. I agree that the author of the original essay sure does not seem very well educated, and at best has a minimal grasp on style and content. I’ve seen better essays written by my youngest grandson, who just started the third grade. The typical knee jerk reasoning that if you work to improve your life you are doing something anti-social. And to brag of your ignorance is, well, displaying ignorance. Her sort is exactly why the left is looked upon with such disdain by anyone capable of thought. Talk about Cloud Cuckoo… Read more »
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lemurific
3 years 1 month ago

Not that I need it with the multiple shelf-foot backlog of books I’ve already got but I just told B&N to toss a copy of _Spellbound_ behind the counter to pick up on the way home tonight. I’ve only read the first teaser chapter of _HM_ so far but enjoyed the first two MHI (and have _Alpha_ sitting somewhere in the pile) so another sale made.

Sam
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Sam
3 years 1 month ago

Picked up by James Taranto editor of WSJ opinion this morning. As with Larry’s fiskings, I enjoy James’ as well. For those interested, the article is called:

‘Common’ Mistakes – When good people use bad logic.

KR
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3 years 1 month ago

My money’s on the obvious: the article was a deliberate, flame-baiting troll put out specifically to stir shit up, to get Slate’s brand name back in the news and raise their website view count, which translates to ad rates — which makes the article that much more despicable. It has to be. They can’t possibly have let something that monumentally stupid go online for honest reasons.

Katherine
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Katherine
3 years 1 month ago

I read this woman’s jaw-droppingly stupid article and the only good that came of it was the link in the comments to your hilariously brilliant rebuttal. It made my day. I kept thinking that the original piece MUST be satire but sadly that seems not to be the case.

mkheadley49
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3 years 1 month ago
At first I thought, “This is Slate? Sounds more like ‘The Onion’ to me.” As a former school teacher in an inner city school I can attest to everything you said. I recall graduates who couldn’t read what was written on their diplomas. As head of the art department in the HS I asked “what if I don’t sign this diploma, since I know this child cannot read?” The principal told me, “We’ll just find someone else to sing it.” She obviously has no children. Just wait until she has children and see how she feels about those mediochre, or… Read more »
B
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B
3 years 1 month ago
Public school? I went to public school out in the sticks back in the early 70s. Right next to a tiny little farming community. We had a book on astronomy in the high school library that didn’t even have Pluto in the list of planets. Pluto was discovered in 1930 and the book’s copyright was 1910. Yeah. Good luck with that science report, kids! And this was way before the 1974 creation of the US Dept of Education. And for the love of God, can we please stop this constant pissing and moaning about computers and high speed Internet in… Read more »
LittleRed1
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LittleRed1
3 years 30 days ago

I sub at a private school. I can get information faster from the textbook index than the kids do using the ‘Net. Not that I’m going to let them know. (It’s been a loooong time since Latin IV and I need to keep them fooled).

Eamon
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Eamon
3 years 1 month ago
I caught this yesterday, and felt my brain swell. I’m sure glad you fisked it, maybe the pressure will go away now. Like many, I find myself thinking this HAS to be satire. The thinking is too broken to be real… and then there’s this*: http://www.nola.com/education/index.ssf/2013/08/us_government_files_to_block_s.html The DOJ is suing in Louisiana to block a voucher program that allows kids to get out of failing schools. Because it “impeded the desegregation process.” Parents trying to get their kids a better life “can disrupt the racial balance in public school systems…” And my brain is swelling again. *(mild disclaimer: I haven’t… Read more »
That Guy
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3 years 1 month ago

Just last night, I was at Curriculum night at the private school that my son is attending. I was in a whole room full of “Bad People”… And I could not be more relieved that we are making this work for my kid.

I don’t care if liberals think I am bad for this. It is part of my job as a parent to take the “slings and arrows” to provide for him.

Did I piss of a statist by sending a kid to private school. Good. That’s just icing on the cake.

AJ VanOrden
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3 years 1 month ago

I read this to my wife last night and she didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. She printed up a copy to take to work this morning – she teaches at a private school and I’m sure her coworkers and boss are going to be equally amused/appealed by this idiotic waste of text and your amazing take down of it.

MaryAnne
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MaryAnne
3 years 1 month ago
I wish I could convince myself it’s satire, but I live in the part of Oregon that makes the rest of it want to secede, and this is only slightly more rabid than some of the comments I heard when we decided to homeschool. I have a child with Asperger’s who needs social and behavioral help to succeed both in a classroom setting and in life in general. He also has a very high IQ and is well above grade level academically. We did public school for Kindergarten. His class had 35 kids, including special needs and ESL students and… Read more »
dgarsys
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dgarsys
3 years 27 days ago

Years ago, I knew a (very liberal) lady who was active on the county school board. Had “support your public schools” stickers, etc. on her cars.

Her kids went to private school.

Jeff Jones
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Jeff Jones
3 years 1 month ago

Larry I appreciate everything you said, it was everything that was going through my mind as I read this. However, I actually feel stupider for having read that ridiculous excuse of a “manifesto” I literally think I damaged my brain.

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Cathy
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Cathy
3 years 1 month ago

1. The fortune cookie line was really awesome. I hope we see that in a future book.

2. Get back to Franks! We need his book to come out!

Crabby Old Bat
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Crabby Old Bat
3 years 1 month ago
We need to post this woman on the border to lecture all the “bad” Mexicans fleeing their cr@phole of a country instead of investing their children in its future. Shame on them. Who is going to stand up to the drug cartels, fight government corruption and strive against crushing poverty if huge numbers of Mexicans just “deplore these problems in the abstract” because they are hiding in America? They need to stay and fight and just maybe, in a few generations, things will be better. Or is the strategy of sacrificing your children on the altar of liberal ideals only… Read more »
Anon
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Anon
3 years 1 month ago
Correia, Thank you for this! I’m a product of the public school system, and as much as I am proud of my accomplishments, and as much as I agree with the concept of the public school system, this was a truly horrible and deplorable “essay” out of Slate, and I appreciate your comments. I’m completing a Ph.D. in one of the engineering disciplines, I’ve got weapons and DoD-owned patents, I hold Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Physics and I’ve started my own businesses. My younger sister has already completed a Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Biology and her educational path… Read more »
dsligon
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3 years 1 month ago

I think you are nicer than i felt after reading this article. I feel the author, Allison, really is so blind to the actual problem that she feels that her writing will make things “better.”

Curious if she also believes telling a house fire to “stop” would work too?

Pathwalker
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Pathwalker
3 years 1 month ago

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Erin Palette
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3 years 1 month ago

At this point, it’s just easier to refer to the Public School System as “Moloch.”

squawkbox
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squawkbox
3 years 30 days ago

Scary. In ten years time we will see another article from her boasting about ‘my daughter the crack whore’ and ‘my son in jail’ and how authentic that makes her.

saintonge235
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3 years 26 days ago

You think she will actually put her children in a crappy public school? HA HA HA HA HA.

Those kids will be in private school, or in a public school that still teaches. It’s your kids that get sacrificed, not hers.

John
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3 years 30 days ago

Loved your breakdown of the article Larry. A friend sent me this link: http://video.foxnews.com/v/2639132351001/slate-writer-bad-people-send-kids-to-private-schools/

Anne Greer
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Anne Greer
3 years 30 days ago
As a public school graduate, a recently certified, practicing public school teacher, a long-time adjunct college professor, a self-professed bleeding heart liberal, and a mother, this woman is nuts. There’s a reason I’m choosing to homeschool my child. If I could afford the $8,000/yr/kid for the sole local private school, I would send my child there, but I can’t afford it. Yes, I live in a district where 75% of my property tax goes towards school levies (that don’t include football stadiums), in what is arguably the best school district in my state, in the only state with a national… Read more »
Tarl
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Tarl
3 years 1 month ago
going to school with poor kids and rich kids, black kids and brown kids, smart kids and not-so-smart ones, kids with superconservative Christian parents and other upper-middle-class Jews like me was its own education and life preparation. Oddly enough, I went to an almost all-white, wealthy private high school, and somehow the lack of “education and life preparation” in the sense of “going to school with stupid and violent people” has yet to hold me back. I don’t work with stupid and violent people, and therefore I lost nothing by not going to school with them. I didn’t even need… Read more »
Cadeyrn
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Cadeyrn
3 years 29 days ago

Epic. Thank you for an entertaining Sunday morning. I’ve been reading this aloud to friends over coffee. There has been a fair amount of snorting, but no injuries so far -although even though everyone here went to a public school. See, we all went out, got jobs producing things of real value and learned how to work with people, earn our way and even save and invest.

Now we are going to go down to the dock, get in the boat, cruise on over to a tiki bar and enjoy a day of rest and recreation.

Anastasia
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3 years 29 days ago

Loved so very much of what you said–but please don’t slap the liberal label on it. That’s just blatant stupidity, not liberalism.

lumalin
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3 years 29 days ago

What a massive chunk of gloriousness. I likewise went through murderously dangerous Los Angeles public schooling, barely escaped with my skin – and when I have offspring, I will keep them as far from that trial-by-fire as possible. In really rough gang-saturated schools, kids are lucky to not be beaten up or worse, and luck isn’t a skill, no matter how gifted your child is…..

Andy
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Andy
3 years 29 days ago

Larry, I never heard of you before… but after reading this, I just added all of your available books to my Audible queue. Thanks.

DiggerNick
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DiggerNick
3 years 29 days ago

The Whining Wing Nut Drinking Game!

Take 1 shot for every mention of WHITE LIBERAL GUILT.

Take 2 shots for every comparison of to Stalin.

Take 3 shots for every grovelling mention of bootstraps.

Finish the bottle when you can smell Reagan’s anus on the breath of the blog writer.

Kristopher
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Kristopher
3 years 28 days ago

And notice his nickname. This retard is probably whiter than Larry.

Libtards are always the most racist assholes on the planet.

nev
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nev
3 years 29 days ago

You sound very angry, unhappy and selfish.
Just a suggestion but I like to try and be a bit idealistic, maybe it’s how ‘living in the real world’ gets better..

John P
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John P
3 years 28 days ago

I went to a public charter school K-12 (same school system all 13 years). My school was reasonably good (even my American history teacher was pretty good. Thoroughly a son of the South, but good).

So stories about schools like hers began, for me, as abstract horror stories.

And then I actually met people who went to schools like that.

The horror isn’t so abstract anymore.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
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3 years 28 days ago

Epic takedown!

There’s really no arguing “woman logic” tho, at the end of the day the best thing to do is point and laugh. They HATE that.

Patrick Mullane
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3 years 28 days ago

Mr. Correia’s fisk has been mentioned in Slashdot on this subject.
http://news.slashdot.org/story/13/09/01/1929213/why-one-woman-says-sending-your-kid-to-private-school-is-evil
He has ruffled one or two feathers.

ChicagoRefugee
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ChicagoRefugee
3 years 28 days ago
I’ll just add, as a coda, that Allison Benedikt has apparently previously disclosed that she is raising three kids in an 1100 sq ft apartment, and they are unable to even consider upgrading their living space until the kids start school & they are no longer are paying $5,000 per month for childcare. With that in mind, I’d like to suggest that her real motives in writing this article are guilt and envy. She’s just reframing her guilt over her own decision to public school her kids as superior morality. Oh, and hating on those who can afford private school… Read more »
Ivan
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Ivan
3 years 28 days ago

The only thing that would make this better is a Penn Jillette audio recording of your comment.s

Mikalov72
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Mikalov72
3 years 28 days ago

I’d sooner sell my soul than send my kids to a school that wasn’t damned near 100% white and private with an excellent track record.

If that makes me one of those ‘evil’ conservative racists in the eyes of crackpots like this woman, well, I just don’t know how I’ll live with myself, Ha!

rollingwriter
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3 years 28 days ago

Reblogged this on murderbymedia and commented:
Commentary on the below article.

J-
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J-
3 years 28 days ago
This was the first time I could make it all the way through the article. I learned something new this time around that nearly gave me a stroke. She’s Jewish. That floored me. I’m Jewish, and was raised in an upper-middle class Jewish community in Miami. It is DEEPLY engrained in Jewish culture that education is a paragon of value. As my mother used to say “nothing I ever did for my children was wasted.” Ask my father (the lawyer) about my (and my sister’s) private school education and he would tell you “My children’s education was my Mercedes-Benz.” What… Read more »
blackcampbell
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3 years 27 days ago

I haven’t been able to stop laughing for five minutes. Masterful takedown.

Thales
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Thales
3 years 27 days ago

“Takedown” doesn’t do it justice — that was a brutal curb-stomping.

Well done.

blackcampbell
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3 years 27 days ago

Reblogged this on Scott Rhymer and commented:
An absolutely brilliant takedown of that t#@t at Slat writing on public education.

Otlichnik
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Otlichnik
3 years 27 days ago
Our sixth home schooled child is a junior. He limited himself to one varsity sport (in NH homeschoolers can play sports) for this and next year so he can concentrate on his studies. He wants to be a vascular surgeon. We (my wife — I’m the “principal”) home school for practical (on three continents and in five states) and faith (read Deuteronomy 6 about the parents’ responsibility to teach God’s ways to their children) reasons. We have worked diligently at this, with not insignificant financial sacrifice (and smilingly paying for schools we don’t use!) since 1988 and will be finished… Read more »
Rova
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3 years 26 days ago

Reposted on Pinecam.com Many thanks!

Cargosquid
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3 years 26 days ago

Do people get paid for this crap that she wrote?
Because I could fake stuff like this all freaking day and STILL write better.

saintonge235
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3 years 26 days ago
I note that Ms. Benidikt urges all parents to send their children to public schools in the hope that, after twenty to forty years, they will be able to improve said schools. Come again? If the schools are so bad that no one can be expected to improve them for a generation or two, perhaps they can’t be improved at all. Some years ago I was talking with a very liberal friend of mine about the problems of the public school system. His remedy “Fire everyone involved, burn them to the ground, sow the land with salt, and start over.”… Read more »
perlhaqr
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3 years 18 days ago

This is a thing of beauty, Larry.

I love the baseline assumption of this piece that the only people who could possibly do anything to improve the state of public schools are the parents who have enough gumption to send their kids to private school. Presumably because the parents of the kids who are still stuck in private schools are a bunch of useless lumps.

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Mark
3 years 15 days ago

Hey Larry, I liked this article enough to immediately order your Monster Hunter trilogy off Amazon. I’m about half way through the second book now.

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