An appalling and disgusting article was posted over at Slate called “If You Send Your Kid to Private School, You Are a Bad Person” by Allison Benedikt. Normally I take these articles and break down the bad and illogical arguments. But this… Allison admits right from the start that she is wrong. She recognizes that public schools are terrible. She claims that public schools provide a mediocre education, she explained that in four years of high school she only read one book. She says she was not prepared for college and claims that she is still currently ignorant… but that’s OK. In fact let your kids hang out at the trailer park and get drunk, it’s just like reading Walt Whitman! Just as good! Seriously… read this disgusting, piece of trash, abusive article. It’s all there.
Instead of going over why Allison is wrong, because she knows she is, I want to explain what this idiot is ignoring. Her theory is that if every kid went to public school, the public schools would get better. Why? Because parents would then go to PTA meetings and exercise their power. It’s hard not to ignore Allison claiming that this would take decades and the entire current generation should be subject to piss poor education for the sake of trying this crap out. But I will try…
First, why are private schools so expensive? The simplest answer is that the poor and middle class are either not able to or not willing to pay for both schools at once. Public school funding is forced through a type of theft known as “tax”. Some people in the middle class may be able to afford private schools but it is a huge cost that would be a drag on the family. Entrepreneurs who want to educate young minds can not because they know, even at a cheaper price, those families must pay for public schools and aren’t willing to take on the extra cost. The demand for private schools exist in the high “classes” due to public schools being forced on all.
In fact, if public schools were told they would have no funding tomorrow what would happen? All the hoards of angry parents would move in and complain for a few days and eventually say, “You know what? Here’s my monthly payment! Let’s do this thing!” And guess what? Now when you go to those “PTA” meeting, parents actually do have power. They are not limited by government regulations and national standards. NOW your kids are allowed to get a good education rather than just learning to serve the state. And to think that schools are not primarily for state indoctrination is stupid. Of course the government wants something back for funding public schools. A future generation that supports all of its actions, it is only natural.
To say that parents should sacrifice the minds of their own children is repulsive. If I had a child would it be moral to lock him in a room, never to come out and only feed him junk food? Wouldn’t that be abuse? So why are you going to send them to a slavish institution where he is constantly subjected to metal detectors, searches, school police, junk food for lunch, psychologically abusive classes, a mediocre education and being held back from preparing for their life ahead? Isn’t that abuse? Allison, if you don’t want to take responsibility for your own children, don’t have them. You don’t get to have the fun of having a child if that just means you’re going to throw them out into society and say,”You’ll do fine.” Children require a whole lot of attention, resources and teaching. Abandoning them to whatever stranger picks up the slack is no answer. To pressure other parents into abusing their children is an embarrassment to you and your website.
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