If You Berate Parents for Sending Their Kids to Private School, You Are a Bad Person

Allison Benedikt’s article for Slate, “If You Send Your Kid to Private School, You Are a Bad Person,” is morally atrocious. Benedikt argues that parents should intentionally subject their children to a poor-quality education in the government’s “public” schools for the sake of attempting to make those schools better for some distant future generation. That is, Benedikt calls on parents to sacrifice their own children’s welfare for the sake of an alleged “common good.”

Benedikt’s piece is so ludicrous that it’s hard to believe it’s not a spoof. She says she’s not comparing parents who send their children to private schools to murderers—thereby making precisely that comparison. She then says she doesn’t support “banning private schools”—thereby raising the possibility of doing so. And she proceeds to tell parents that their child’s education doesn’t matter much, writing, “You want the best for your child, but your child doesn’t need it. . . . [C]hances are that your spawn will be perfectly fine at a crappy public school.”

To “illustrate” this last point, Benedikt mocks the idea that children need to read great literature or the like, and she makes clear what she feels kids really need:

Reading Walt Whitman in ninth grade changed the way you see the world? Well, getting drunk before basketball games with kids who lived at the trailer park near my house did the same for me. In fact it’s part of the reason I feel so strongly about public schools.

You can’t make this stuff up. If you did, the left would scream “hyperbole!”

But here you have it. Benedikt is calling for parents to intentionally send their children to “crappy” schools where they can booze it up rather than read, for the sake of ensuring that future generations will have the opportunity to follow suit. And Slate chose to publish her prescription.

Benedikt and Slate are beyond contempt for peddling such evil. A good education is crucial to a child’s life, his success, and his happiness. And a good private education is, how shall I say it, better than a “crappy” government one.

Even if it were possible for a parent to marginally improve the “crappy” government schools by sacrificing his child’s mind and future (and it is not possible), for a parent to do so would be unspeakably evil. But, of course, the idea that anyone would ever prescribe such a thing or that any media outlet would ever promote such an idea is just hyperbole.

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  • Tim Johnson

    So true: “You can’t make this stuff up. If you did, the left would scream, “hyperbole!””

    Slate and Salon are such unbelievable jokes.

  • Anonymous

    A glimpse into a much better future for some kids right now, and, maybe, for all kids somewhere in the future.

    Van Damme Academy

    LePort Schools

    Falling Apple Science Institute They now have three books in their inductive astronomy program published. I’ve ordered the books from the site and they’re on the way from amazon right now.

    I’ve haven’t found a way to donate to Van Damme Academy, but I’ve donated to the other two.

    BTW, I give her a few points for mentioning that the public schools are crappy. Her program, however, is one of the most evil things I’ve ever heard!

    • Anonymous

      I suspect that the fact that a story like this could get published in a major outlet, is important in itself. Do they really think the country is ready to give up on the education of their kids? Do they really think that the country is so steeped in altruism that people will sacrifice their kids to it?

  • Anonymous

    One wonders if this is a trial balloon. And if the outrage expressed is widespread enough, then they’ll backtrack saying that it was, in fact, a spoof and “geez take a reality pill or something.”
    But if it is not productive of that outrage it will merge with the gelid swamp that is leftist mainstream culture and add its accretions to the citadel of corruption the ‘counter-culture’ is building.

  • Anonymous

    her article was shocking enough but I found some of the comments on the slate website in response to her piece equally disturbing…

  • patnap

    I have NOT read Benedikt’s article, but agree it sounds pretty evil. However I wonder why it must be automatically assumed that public schools are crappy and private are good. I went to private Catholic grade school, High School and College. College was not significantly different from “profane” education, not so grade school and high school. Grade School had no gym classes. HIgh School was not co ed. I did learn to read and write and more. But I also spent hours and hours on mandatory daily religion classes and ceremonies. Thankfully we were not taught creationism but were allowed to believe in evolution. However we were taught that the 12th century (when the Catholic Church was at its height) was the apex of civilization. Aquinas the world’s greatest philosopher, etc. High school had no theater or dance. Since I was in college prep track I got no home economics or vocational training.
    Well, I think the point of Benedikt’s article might be that public education prepares one for the real world

    • Anonymous

      How does it prepare you for the real world?

      By indoctrinating you with Marxism and leaving you unable to read but well-prepared in getting drunk.

      As it is, your church school merely replaces Marxist idiocy with religious irrationality

      • patnap

        Perhaps public school exposes you to a greater variety of people and viewpoints and perhaps more practical courses. My Catholic high school was all girl, all Catholic and almost all white, our teachers almost all nuns. We had little sports, theater, dance, and no driver’s ed, vocational guidance, or work study programs – all of which are pretty standard in my area for P.S. And as I recall we had no “special” classes for handicapped physically or mentally – which I believe are mandated for public ed.
        Also, I do not recall the public schools having classes in drinking. But they do have D.A.R.E. programs and “Just say No” posters. I’ll bet Benedikt found her drinking partners on her own, just as my nephew in a Jesuit school found marijuana smoking buddies.
        I guess my point is there is more than one way for a school to be “crappy”.

  • Friend of John Galt

    The article is likely a ‘plant’ in favor of the teacher’s unions. The “assumption” that public schools are “crappy” is actually a fairly safe bet. You might ask yourself why so many teachers and politicians send their kids to various private schools (including our “dear leader” Barack Obama who’s two daughters are in an exclusive private school).

    The public schools in the community where I grew up were known to be poor — after a multitude of problems with my older sister’s education, my parents put me into a Lutheran operated grade school (we were not members of the church or of a particularly religious family) — a lucky last minute opening got me in… I studied there for 8 years. All the members of my graduating class (in 1960) scored a “12.9″ on the Stanford Achievement Test — this is an indication that we all had the equivalent of 12 years, 9 months of education. Even though I then went into the local public school system for my 4 years of high school, I was already above my grade level, and the overall so-so quality of the public school did not ‘damage’ me.

    The 8 years of religious education was not wasted. I learned that (1) religion didn’t make a lot of sense, and (2) after some reflection, I realized that I was a “natural atheist.”

    I note that recent news articles about a family that was deported from the U.S. (having claimed persecution for homeschooling in Germany) were denied their refugee status. Now that family has had its children seized after a “SWAT team”-like invasion of their home by German police and education officials. See http://dailycaller.com/2013/08/31/the-perils-of-homeschooling-german-police-storm-home-seize-four-children/ for details.

  • Stephen Bailey

    The opposite thesis is more accurate: You are a terrible person if you send your kids to public schools for the purpose of being indoctrinated, not educated. In many public school districts, it is nothing less than child abuse.

  • JJackson

    55,000 people liked her article.
    460 liked ours.
    Lets get to work.

  • Richard O’Brien

    Not all public schools are bad like some people would like you to think. In our area the public schools out preform the private schools. Not all but the majority of public schools offer many more advanced placement classes, Way ahead of private school preforming arts, and offer many more languages. Not to mention the public schools send 90% of their students off to college..You may be right about some but not all public schools! period

    • Anonymous

      This is irrelevant.

      Benedikt wants you to send your children to schools precisely because they are rubbish.

      This is evil.

  • Jah See

    I couldn’t see where to comment on that article of Ms. Benedikt’s, but I simply wanted to tell her she is way f’kd up in the head to even let that story brew in her head to post.