The Myth of the “Good School District”
By Brian Wilson
On ZeroHedge recently, the discussion focused on “things the middle class can’t afford anymore”. In the Comment Section –where one can learn a lot of scary stuff about the views, priorities and prejudices of their fellow travelers – one pseudonym posted:
“Vacations don’t define middle class. Plenty of workaholics in upper class. But the opportunity to get ahead in life through talent and hardwork [sic] is something middle class can’t afford anymore.
1) Education to get ahead in life or stay in middle class
2) Housing in good school district to have their children get ahead in life over trust fund kids
Non sequitors aside, there appeared the recurring meme about housing “in good school district.” Having heard/read that line or some paraphrase for the past few eons, it gave me pause to ask: Just what constitutes “a good school district”? Nice, modern up-to-date buildings with solid infrastructure? All the latest hi-tech computers and programs? Chem and Bio labs Johns Hopkins would die for? The “best” teachers? The most National Honor Society members? Winning Varsity teams from Football to Chess to Full Contact Origami?
Funny how “good school district” discussions rarely (if ever) focus on what sort of and how much socialist mis- and dis-information curricula is being crammed between the ears of the TWSU (Those Who Show Up).
Is there a Government Training Camp (i.e. “public school system”) that actually teaches Objective Analysis? Logical Thinking? Individual Responsibility? What constitutes Freedom? Liberty? How about an American History course that would make Tom Woods proud (even if it might have a deleterious financial impact on Prof. Woods’ “Liberty Classroom”)? Economics? Where is the GTC/pss that even teaches how to SPELL e-c-o-n-o-m-i-c-s? And if there is one (or more), does the teacher actually mention Von Mises? Hayek? Friedman? Are they assigned to read “Free to Choose”, “Road to Serfdom” or Krugman columns? Anything in there about “organized labor”? How many times is “Murray Rothbard” mentioned?
One final question: Common Core? Corp? Corpse?
Which curriculum qualifies for “good school district” status? If such a Fantasy Land exists, please advise ASAP — someone’s property values could escalate handsomely! No rush. Just follow Diogenes. The “good school district” is the first right past the Honest Man.
As a product of both Local Public School and Jacket-and-Tie-All-Boy-New-England Prep-School, I can testify unequivocally to the superior quality of instruction and content I took from the latter. Despite the issue with “car availability on Saturday night”, I will be forever grateful for the enormous economic sacrifices my parents made to provide that that 5 Star academic experience. Having made similar sacrifices for my own children and seeing their accomplishments in the medical and legal professions, I would encourage all who can to whatever possible to secure that “good school district” by removing your children ASAP from the Government Training Camps, hustle them into private, parochial or home schooling as expediently as time and sacrifice will permit before any more of their formative brain cells get zapped, their individuality castrated and their minds turned into government cheese.