Kay Brooks is championing the idea of doing away with high school for most people, saving it only for “for the very brightest of students.”
America, the idea that there is stuff, taxpayer funded stuff, in this country that is just “for” the best people is so gross I almost don’t know how to talk about it. We’re going to look at twelve and thirteen year old kids and decide that educating them is a waste?
You know, Bridgett’s been chronicling all the ways the economy sucks ass, from the failure of the housing market, to the rising of the cost of consumer goods, to folks getting out of debt by volunteering to go to Iraq. And yet, because the stock market’s still doing okay, we’re supposed to pretend like everything is fine and that, if individual people are suffering, it’s because they’ve fucked up, not because they’re on the wrong end of a monumental con of the American people in which the rich and powerful try to convince us that, if they’re doing okay, everyone is doing okay.
Let us just state with certainty that, if working class people felt that the economy was doing well, that there were more than enough jobs to go around, the immigration debate would have no traction. But people do feel that jobs, good jobs they’d be happy to do, are being taken by illegal immigrants.
And now folks who have jobs, folks who have a little security, are advocating adding workers from 12-17 into the job market as well? What jobs, pray tell, are they going to do? Are there a shit ton of jobs out there for folks with an eight grade education?
Forget it. I think they know there aren’t any jobs out there for these kids. There’s no training you can give them that employers will take seriously. (Think about it. Do you want to hire someone with the reading and math skills of a twelve-year-old?) This is about keeping poor people in their place, denying us the educations we need to better our lives, in order to keep us stupid, compliant, and disenfranchised.
The public school system, for all its problems, is a powerful tool for equality.
I can only assume that’s why some folks are working so hard to undermine it at every turn.