Wednesday, February 28, 2007
I am not prone to use the phrase in the title, but I can think of no better way to describe this situation....
I am glad I am not facing the prospect of raising children in Seattle. No only are the public schools dumbed down by political correctness, at least one private school is succeeding spectacularly in giving them a run for their money, according to an article at TCS Daily.
The teachers [at Hilltop Children's Center in Seattle] decided [the accidental] destruction [of a classroom Lego town] was an opportunity to explore "the inequities of private ownership." According to the teachers, "Our intention was to promote a contrasting set of values: collectivity, collaboration, resource-sharing, and full democratic participation."Ayn Rand once wrote a famous essay, "The Comprachicos", in which she drew an analogy between a barbaric practice, once described by Victor Hugo, of forcing children to grow up encased in containers that would cause them to grow up into circus freaks -- and modern educational practices like this one, that seek to mold the minds of children rather than train them to think for themselves. The teachers tease us with quotes from some of their best -- um -- products:
The children were allegedly incorporating into Legotown "their assumptions about ownership and the social power it conveys." These assumptions "mirrored those of a class-based, capitalist society -- a society that we teachers believe to be unjust and oppressive."
They claimed as their role shaping the children's "social and political understandings of ownership and economic equity ... from a perspective of social justice." [bold added]
"A house is good because it is a community house."Would that these teachers had such a comparatively innocent motive as selling their pupils! At least they would realize the low commercial value of Marxist indoctrination!
"We should have equal houses. They should be standard sizes."
"It's important to have the same amount of power as other people over your building."
It is easy enough to show that these teachers are at least attempting to destroy the young minds in their charge. Just consider a few of the implications of any of these arbitrary, self-contradictory notions at any length at all. If your power over "your own" building is no different than that of any passer-by, who are you to forbid the peeping tom or thief (Oops! Silly bourgeois me!) or escaped murderer from next door to move in with you? And what if you want or need a bigger house than the one you have now? Do you just take over space in another's house? Do you submit to some authority? If so, how the hell does he know what you need? What would he care, anyway? Maybe he "needs" all the houses and knows that everyone in them "needs" a one-way train ticket to a "work camp".
It may seem ironic that I, an advocate of the total privatization of education, would report such a glaring failure on the part of a private school, but it is not. No private industry is free of incompetence, shoddy quality, or even the occasional instance of fraud, and this example merely shows us what that would look like in education. The advantage of extending property rights to the field of education by privatizing it is the same as it is for any other industry: That we would not all be forced to place our children in the care of monsters like the faculty of this outfit. (Nor would its principal, upon hearing about this travesty, need fear firing these "teachers".) We could take our business -- and our children -- elsewhere.
Instead, as we see with public education every day, we have "community schools" which provide their students with the same meager -- but "standard" -- preparation for adult life, and over which everyone has "the same amount of power" (i.e., none) to change. Fleeing to private schools is not an option for most because taxation makes it harder for many parents to afford better alternatives and -- along with the fact of competition that charges nothing -- for other parties to provide them.
So by providing Marxist indoctrination to children, these child abusers are demonstrating to responsible parents everywhere the value of a private educational system. If you don't like what you are paying for, you can take your business elsewhere. That is real power, and that is what teachers like this want to take away from you and your children.