Fisking Allison Benedikt

I haven’t posted to here in ages, since I basically get more traffic and eyeballs on Facebook. That said, I felt the need to put this article/post on a blog post so I could link to it.

Here is an article posted by one Allison Benedikt, who is editor of some section of Slate. I suggest you read the entire article to truly understand the mindset that we are up against as we work to dismantle the worst education bureaucracy in the free world.

If You Send Your Kid to Private School, You Are a Bad Person

So, how would this work exactly? It’s simple! Everyone needs to be invested in our public schools in order for them to get better. Not just lip-service investment, or property tax investment, but real flesh-and-blood-offspring investment. Your local school stinks but you don’t send your child there? Then its badness is just something you deplore in the abstract. Your local school stinks and you do send your child there? I bet you are going to do everything within your power to make it better.

And parents have a lot of power. In many underresourced schools, it’s the aggressive PTAs that raise the money for enrichment programs and willful parents who get in the administration’s face when a teacher is falling down on the job. Everyone, all in. (By the way: Banning private schools isn’t the answer. We need a moral adjustment, not a legislative one.)

There is no “under-resourced” school in America. They are wallowing in cash. They simply use to to over-staff and over-pay a massive army of employees instead of educate poor and less advantaged children.

Regardless, the article triggered a rather long comment that I put on Slate and on Facebook. It takes Ms. Benedikt to task for (hopefully unwittingly) supporting the least moral of all of America’s government institutions. I hope this blog post gets her attention. I wish to challenge her to a recorded debate on this issue. She thinks I’m immoral for wanting to dismantle our horrible education system, and I think she’s immoral because she actively supporting a morally illegitimate collection of self-interested public employees who are failing to do what we pay them generously for.

One of us is wrong, and it isn’t me.

My comment on her piece is below.

If you support the current public education bureaucracy, you are a bad person.

The current government education complex is a corrupt collection of self-interested bureaucrats, unionized teachers, and greedy private service providers (bond dealers, text book publishers, etc.) that have taken a once effective education system and turned it into a money-laundering scheme for the mediocre.

If you support this system, you need a moral adjustment.

You need to understand that the poor and disadvantaged are DESTROYED by this system, as they are forced to remain in poorly managed schools more interested in hiring “consultants” and “administration” than they are in educating needy children.

You need to understand that our evil “zip code” system is a corrupt form of “educational apartheid” that protects the rich (who can move to rich suburbs) while screwing everyone else.

You need to understand that “public education” means (or should mean) an “educated populace,” and NOT a greedy “government education complex” of morally degenerate, financially corrupt employees.

Allison Benedikt is not only horrifically wrong here, but morally maladjusted, as she shills for an expensive, ineffective bureaucracy against real, needy, deserving children.

The solution is to do EXACTLY THE OPPOSITE of what she recommends.

We need to dismantle and destroy this vile complex. We need vouchers, so that children can escape the intentionally expensive and failing schools. We need Education Savings Accounts so that children can find better, cheaper options and save the remainder for college or other education needs.

We need dramatic expansion of charters so we have more independent schools – independent of morally indefensible school districts.

We need a moral crusade against the greed, the waste, the abuse, and the failure of the “government education complex.”

Read this article and do the OPPOSITE! Abandon any and all support for this failed system.