Jan 11, 201604:23 PMBlaska's Bring It!
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Liberals ask: Do we have to ruin my kid’s life?
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“Do we have to send our kid to a bad public school?” asks a typical reader of the New York Times Magazine, intellectually constipated by political correctitude.
Do we let our neighborhood kids and our own values down by fleeing to a higher-testing public school in a richer part of the city? Or do we let our son down by sending him to the neighborhood school, which we fear will not put him on a solid educational footing.
The magazine’s Ethicist columnist responds, “Your special obligations are to your own child. You suggest that a ‘my-kid-comes-first mentality’ is what creates problem schools. But doesn’t it also make for some of the best schools? Keep in mind, educational excellence needn’t be a zero-sum game.”
Imagine! Excellence can be created, not just divided up. You don’t have to honeymoon in the Soviet Union like Bernie Sanders. Or Castro’s Cuba, like Bill de Blasio.
However unwittingly, the New York Times just made the case for school choice. (Couldn’t resist using the Batman/Robin meme. As Bluto Blutarsky said after smashing the guitar at the toga party, “Sorry.”)
Measuring inputs, not outcomes
Speaking of liberal-progressive-socialist aversion to school choice, a “think tank” gives Wisconsin a D+ for support of public higher education. That’s enough for The Corporation that Speaks in the Progressive Voice. And how does said “think tank” measure success? By how much taxpayer money is spent!
Hubert Humphrey would be proud. It’s a liberal “think tank” so it measures inputs, not outcomes. Shower more money, don’t expect results. Only one state got an A. Can you guess which? No, not Massachusetts, nor sainted Minnesota (which actually got an F for failure from this “think tank”). It’s Wyoming, that uninhabited Harvard of the West.
Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!
Mention “Benghazi” and our Hillary-ous acquaintances put fingers in ears and make quacking noises. That all ends Thursday when the movie 13 Hours hits the cineplexes. She cannot survive it as a candidate.
Added to Hillary’s troubles, the politically incorrect Donald Trump has joined Bubba irretrievably to Bill Cosby’s libidinous hip.
Speaking of the Donald, the ban on Muslims looks a lot less radical thanks to the sexual assaults and rapes on hundreds of women in Germany by Syrian refugees, the great majority of whom seem to be men. “The hysteria was warranted,” law prof Anne of Althouse concludes. France, similarly plagued, has been asking what it means to be French. Open borders do not of themselves make a democracy.
Speaking of foreign policy, “We Caved” is Politico’s damning report on “what happened when Barack Obama’s idealistic rhetoric collided with the cold realities of war and dictatorship in the Middle East and beyond.”
PBS’ Frontline came to the same conclusion in “Netanyahu’s War,” exposing how he is leaving democratic Israel to the wolves. Pull quote from the Israeli street: “This peace process is killing us.”