What is good for thee, ain’t right for me!
News Flash! These people have NO moral compass…..DON’T LISTEN TO THEM…..
In a era of the “Forward” movement which seeks to reject and denigrate anything traditional, we are finding that people increasingly looking to the media to dictate their “new” actions and the “coolest” way to do everything …. whether it is what they wear, how they speak, who they vote for, who they scorn, where and how they live, and how they educate their children. I ran across an article in the Slate blog — yes I do read that and possibly everything that I can get my eyes on — right and left. Hey, if you only pay attention to the right hand, the left will leave you with a “cold slap in the face”.
So, I go back to this article…. it is entitled “If You Send Your Kid to Private School, You Are a Bad Person” By Allison Benedikt. In this “tongue in cheek” essay she says “I am not an education policy wonk: I’m just judgmental. But it seems to me that if every single parent sent every single child to public school, public schools would improve. 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. “ Hmmm…. how many times are we going to hear this “common good” story.
So I did some research to find out about this curious creature, it seems that she is married to John Cook who also writes for national Progressive publications like The Nation, Salon, The Republic. He too, feels that sending your kids to private school is inherently bad. He feels that private schools should be “banned” and turned into a “nationalized” system, and all of the resulting new (minimum $47 billion) resources be used to “shore up” the public schools.
You get a vision of how bizarre these far left “wish lists” can become? I “wish” that it were just as simple as saying this is the “musing” of a couple of kooks who managed to find each other among the 345 million people in the United States BUT, this idea was originally proffered by billionaire and Obama BFF Warren Buffet who once told school reformer Michelle Rhee that the easiest way to fix schools was to “make private schools illegal and assign every child to a public school by random lottery.”
So pricicesly WHAT is this couples beef? Well….White and asian students enroll in private schools at twice the rate of black and hispanic ones. In fact, in some of the larger and more troubled school districts, you will not see very many or ANY white or asian students. White people are 60% more likely to send their children to private school, any private school — than the national norm. AND the PRIVAE school does not have to be a prestigious school. And then there is the question of “Home Schooling” which rankles a great deal of liberal hearts…. The authors Benedikt and Cook aregue that private school take away from “fairness” and “equality”.
So at the end of the day, is this just a case of “What is good for thee but not good for me!”? I mean, afterall, remember Matt Damon stood with HIS “Mom the public school teacher” , who despite his vocal criticism of education reform efforts and statements about his staunch public school support, sends his own darling to private school. Or Michelle and Barack Obama sending their children —- (always by the way}, to private schools while desiring to cut vouchers so that poor children might achieve the same “equality” and “fairness”?
And also , the clincher here is that Benedikt and Cook have literally milked their 401K’s to send THEIR children to private school.
I will leave this discussion with a quote by A.W. Tozer: “Among the gifts of the Spirit scarcely one is of greater practical usefulness than the gift of discernment. This gift should be highly valued and frankly sought as being almost indispensable in these critical times. This gift will enable us to distinguish the chaff from the wheat and to divide the manifestations of the flesh from the operations of the Spirit.”
Or as my Grandmother used to say “Use the knowledge that God gave you”.