Everything "vintage" and "repurposed" is popular these days, so why not some vintage repurposed TSZ? Originally published 8/2/2006 and titled "More From the Journal of Exceedingly Obvious Results", this classic TSZ is, sadly, just as relevant today as it was eight years ago.
This just in from JEOR, as reported in the Chronicle's news blog:
Researchers at Harvard University say private high schools give their students an advantage over those who attend public schools.
I am shocked, shocked! to find that an advantage is going on at private schools!
Who would have thought that our excellent system for adequately funding our public schools through the lottery of property taxes, and the generally large student-to-teacher ratios in public schools, would not be competitive with private institutions and their smaller student-to-teacher ratios? Wouldn't you think that property values in southwestern PA would buy you just as good a public education as you could get at, say Phillips Exeter? Or that a class size of 30 offers just as much opportunity for your child to get excellent individual attention from the teacher as, say, a class size of 10 at the local Roman Catholic high school? I would have too. That's why we need JEOR to keep us informed.
So what I say is, stop wasting your breath lobbying your senators and representatives to do a better job of funding a topnotch public education for every child. Just grab your kid and scurry on over to the nearest private school as fast as you can. And if you can't afford it or there aren't any in your county, well, that's just too bad, isn't it? That will teach you to be born into the not-adequately-privileged class.
There are some who say money isn't the answer. I remember one Republican who once told me that he thought textbooks weren't necessary to truly teach a child well, that he could teach a child math without a textbook. I asked him if he would prefer for his child to go to a school with teachers like him but absolutely no textbooks. He got a sour look and refused to answer me. Yeah, I thought so, is what I said. Why is it that money is not the answer only for the poor kids?