237: If You Send Your Kid to Private School…You’re A Bad Person???

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From the After School Sucks Special (8-29-13)
Tony Myers and I discuss the Slate article, If You Send Your Kid to Private School, You Are a Bad Person (A manifesto), by Allison Benedikt

It Begins...
"You are a bad person if you send your children to private school. 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.

I am not an education policy wonk: I’m just judgmental. But it seems to me that if every single parent sent every single child to public school, public schools would improve. This would not happen immediately. It could take generations. Your children and grandchildren might get mediocre educations in the meantime, but it will be worth it, for the eventual common good."

Look Closer:
TragedyandHope.com: Tony Myers - https://www.tragedyandhope.com/?s=tony+myers

Against School, by John Taylor Gatto - http://www.wesjones.com/gatto1.htm

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  1. Well done, Brent. Thank you.

  2. I saw this article on reddit and just knew a podcast was coming. This one was good.

  3. a pathetic article. less than 10% of kids go to private schools. (sarcasm on) so if we could just get those 10% to go to government school, they would get better, but 90+ percent just isn’t enough. (sarcasm off). what is she saying? that any less than 100% participation will result in declining or non-improving schools? could it be 99%? 98%? where is the line in the sand and how did she arrive at that?

    second, has she somehow figured out a non-market solution to the calculation problem? if so, why hasn’t she shared this economic blockbuster with the world? the participation rate is IRRELEVANT. you can’t fix socialism. the calculation problem exists.

    lastly, i can’t understand why people use the argument that kids get properly socialized in school, be it public or private. show me any environment in the real world where everyone is the same age, everyone is forced into the same building and everyone is doing the same things. it’s completely artificial and has negative effects on kids because developmental rates, not age, determine how children naturally associate.

    another example of people having no idea how to go about critical thinking. even if they have a grasp on logic, they have no idea that it needs to follow from correct premises. probably got that from public schooling.

    statistical link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jack-jennings/proportion-of-us-students_b_2950948.html

  4. Not at all.I would have liked to have been in a Public School all along and had we gone along with the schools the then St Peters College(I am from Adelaide)Principal had recommended for the early years through to year 6 such as Burnside,Linden Park and Parkside Primary things would have been better.For Starters You don’t have predominantly Kids from the Northern Suburbs whose parents put them there just because they want something better than the local School in their community although with a few exceptions you had a few people who lived nearby out of convenience and there’s probably a few other things I can list too.I moved to Private School for Year 6 and 7 and got all these things My old friends would have dreamed off like School Trips to Canada and New Zealand and A Chance to play the Hand Bells,An excellent teacher who cares for their students and a whole lot more.Also It was a lot safer.

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