observations on life

At the Mercy of Imbeciles

I’ve been thinking about my belief that if all the money that’s spent on private school were spent on public school instead, we wouldn’t be sentenced to live with an increasing multitude of ignorant dickheads who think science is a bad idea, love Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, can’t spell, can barely read, have never left their respective home states, hate everyone who isn’t exactly the same as they are, and think God will take care of the economy.

I understand why people send their kids to private school.  They believe it will give them an advantage.  Great.  But they still have to live with an exponentially higher number of imbeciles than they do smart people.  And as I’ve pointed out in earlier posts, some people don’t flourish simply because they have had the advantage of private school.

In public school, however this can happen:

My cousin’s daughter lived with us for two and a half years while she did her premed course work at Augustana.  I think of her as my surrogate child because her mom is disabled and her dad is mentally ill.  She went to public school.  In DETROIT.  (After attending grade school in Egypt.)  Then she went to a public university in Detroit.  She speaks three languages.  She has a masters degree from Rutgers.  She is a second year medical student at the University of Wisconsin.  (Harvard invited her to apply to their medical school, but she declined, not wanting to live so far from family.  She already did that as a child and in the Peace Corps.)  Sarah was not put at a disadvantage by having attended public school.  It looks to me as if she’s done just fine.

Now, every kid who goes to public school doesn’t have her drive, her discipline, or her brilliance.  She is not an ordinary person.  In fact, she is extraordinary.  But neither does every kid who goes to private school have drive, discipline, brilliance, or the where-with-all, to thrive.  If you have a child who is smart, or even extraordinary, there is no guarantee that he or she will either benefit from private school or be limited by public.  The thing that seems so very sad to me is that the kids whose parents can’t afford, or don’t revere, private school don’t always get an excellent education.  And if they are not extraordinary, as Sarah is, the “entitlement” of private school is achieved at their expense.



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