Or use private schools. Or charter schools. Or anything but the public school up the street from where you live.
"You are a bad person if you send your children to private school," claims Allison Benedikt. "Not bad like murderer bad—but bad like ruining-one-of-our-nation’s-most-essential-institutions-in-order-to-get-what’s-best-for-your-kid bad. So, pretty bad."
What we need to do is everybody just send their kids to school and even if things are bad or whatever, just get in there and fight to make it better. In a few generations, magically, schools will be better because we all stood up and agreed that good schools are more important than good parenting.
Or something like that.
What's surprising is the number of commenters who agree with her!
I would at least say she has her money where her mouth is if she, say, had ten biological children and raised them all in the ghetto and sent them to public schools. If she could do that, I'd at least respect her for having a valid opinion, even if it conflicted with my own.
(YES, I am saying you can't really have a valid opinion on "where to send your child to school" unless you have been a parent of a school-aged child for at least a few years. And YES, I'm also saying that to a certain extent, having older children who've been through it all or several children in total also bolsters your argument, because at that point you speak from experience.)
Some of the comments on the story were pretty interesting and I thought I'd share a few.
"The irony here is that Ms. Benedict is
lambasting private education with a writing style of an overconfident
7th grader who just signed up for Tumblr," says Ayla.
"I think there are some interesting points buried in the frothy extremism, but... that doesn't make the article good," Alexa writes.
Perhaps the best conclusion? This, written by DennyO:
"On top of the other outrages of this
article, it proposes one of the most inefficient plans imaginable for
actually dealing with the abysmal state of public schools: let's not
just sacrifice our own children, let's condemn the next couple of
generations to this travesty so that somehow, by stint of enough whining
parents, we'll finally achieve an acceptable level of public education
for our great-, great-grandchildren. Yeah, it's gotta be parody."