The minimum age for a Facebook account is 13. So there's nothing preventing someone putting out a "13 year old girls around me" app. The internet's Garden of Eden days are over. Article
Suppose there are a very limited number of slots in a given specialty PRIVATE SCHOOL in the city. So they make a test up... and only, say, a couple of minority children of doctors get in. The rest of the kids are white. Would it be OK to make cutoff decisions this way?
I'd probably be inclined to say YES. That is fair. Cut the mustard and pay your tuition or don't go. You can be as elitist as you want to be with your own money.
Suppose it's a public school. Is it OK to discriminate then? Hmm... There are parent groups out there fighting to exclude special-ed children from their schools. We don't want their kind here. I "get" (believe me, I do) the need for special-ed and gifted-ed classes. There needs to be some overlap, though. We are all of us citizens together and I see zero reason why we can't all learn to play soccer or violin together, too. Sure, one kid has calculus and the other is working on elementary addition. But wow. We can still share some common classes. I don't get the hate.
Want to keep your kid away from kids like mine? Go send your snowflake to private school.
In somewhat unrelated news, I voted for school board candidates today. From what I see, I have a choice of two lackeys from a list of five. Yay me.
I vote not because I think the people I am helping to power are all that great. I vote because um, sometimes... there are people I want to be sure do not get in. Many of my friends are voting in that board race. My concern is that with five candidates, the vote will be diluted and this guy will get in. He's infamous.
I am sure he wouldn't be able to singlehandedly make the Park Hill School District teach "white culture" and kick all the special-needs kids out if he's elected. But I have to admit to you... I believe (strongly!) in local rights. In local people developing their own curriculum. And then people like this show up and show me what that just might look like sometimes. It just takes a bunch of yee-haws to mess things up if all decisions are TOO local. If we forget that each person has civil rights.
I'm very "pro-homeschooling." But I'm not very "pro-homeschooling because the schools get lots of money when they make things so hard that parents with special-needs kids leave and save the district a fortune." It doesn't fit on a bumper sticker, is why.
Anyway. Outraged. Just outraged at this. I'm so outraged, on so many different levels and in so many different ways, that I just can't even fire off a coherent argument about the whole situation. There are just too many angles to come at it from. Wow.