posted by Rees @ 7:46 PM
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"Jean-Jacques Rousseau thinks you're an asshole"That cracked me up.And I've just been sifting through the vitriol over at the crooksandliars comments section which says something (the gist? ABC got it right about 9/11, and liberals just can't handle the truth....I know, I know).Anyway, I'd gladly wear the T-shirt that sported that gem. Maybe Rousseau on the front, "Katherine Hepburn died for your sins" on the back? Probably not...tc
I can't tell you how thrilled I am that someone got my Rousseau joke.
Okay, I'm sitting here trying to figure out whether I should chime in with an "I got the Rousseau joke, too," and I can't help but feel like the suck-up on the cell block, that kid whose hand doesn't go up first and therefore is tossed aside by shallow, amoral meritocracy of our public school system......But seriously, this is the part that cracked me up:"School authorities force millions of children to sit in boxes called classrooms with 20 other children-inmates for six to eight hours a day, five days a week, for up to ten years. "Twenty other children? Has this guy even been in a public school? I'll bet most classrooms are closer to thirty, largely because guys like this don't want to pay an extra $100 in property taxes every year. Boils my blood.The sad part is that the guy's viewpoint isn't that far removed from the mainstream. His stupidity is extreme, but his perspective is all too common. I kept hoping the post would turn into satire. Should have known better.gad
Oh, I know. Twenty children in the classroom. Yeah, right. I also loved the part about how we rip them away from their loving families or something, like we drop them at the bus stop the first day of kindergarten (probably in the blinding snow) and then never let them come home again.
Heh. You've touched on a llocal furor in my area -- we were promised that the (about $150) raise in our school taxes would go towards splitting up classroom sizes. We were on board witht hat, because classroom overcrowding is a big problem in our district.Now we pay $4,000/year in school taxes, and we got.......astroturf for the football field, and outdoor lights for night games.So the non-jocks get to share books, desks and lockers, and most classrooms are SRo...but the sports program is happy!*spits*
Jeez... That part about being ripped away from loving parents burns me too...My mom was a total bitch and teachers were nice to me. At least I got positive feedback from adults at school. That dude assumes all children have wonderful parents and that all teachers are crappy. Wrong.
Oh, I'm doing the total geek student thing, too. And furthermore, Shell, I would have said "Maria Edgeworth", which wouldn't have been anywhere near as funny. In fact, perilously close to "not at all funny."So what does this guy have to say about sitting in a cubicle at work from 9-5, five days a week? Wow. These kids we save from school-prison are going to be soooo prepared for that. This is a GREAT plan.
I have nothing enlightening to say, nor any witty or snarky comments which have not already been made here regarding this joke of an article. I'm just going to go bang my head up against a wall now.
Actually, I think schools ARE becoming more prison-like. That is not to say that children should stay home, or are being ripped from parent's loving arms, etc., but they are institutional nightmares, in my opinion. We have a problem that no one seems to know how to fix.
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