Six Lies Most People Believe About U.S. Schools | The Federalist

The system mostly exists to perpetuate itself. And here’s the closest thing there is to a placebo:

The achievement gap between black and white, rich and poor is not due to lack of money. It largely comes down to a vocabulary gap, which means a knowledge gap, because words name things. Perhaps you’ve heard of the 30 million-word gap? Many poor children have a massive vocabulary deficit that modern U.S. education simply does not overcome. (This is largely the fault of parents who put their child in front of the TV or iPad instead of reading him books, but teachers can overcome it. It’s not the money, it’s the education.

But that puts agency in the hands of parents, and not the crusading world-fixers, so don’t expect it to get much traction.

The Scandal Isn’t Over Until the Scapegoat is Driven Off…

The goose-stepping little martinet who took away a preschoolers’ lunch has been suspended. Or, an employee has been punished for following orders.

The mother of the 4-year-old girl whose turkey sandwich was replaced by chicken nuggets says the teacher is not to blame and shouldn’t be punished.

“We are concerned for Ms. Maynor [the teacher] and want her back in the classroom, as she was only following guidelines,” the mother wrote in an email to her state representative, Republican G.L. Pridgen of Robeson County. “It’s the government that needs to be reprimanded and changed. Teachers should not be put in a situation to overrule the parent’s lunch of choice.”

Giving the girl a full cafeteria tray, which included chicken nuggets and milk, was not a violation of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services’ policy, according to DHHS spokeswoman Lori Walston.

Were there but tar enough, and feathers….

When the Fascists Come, They Come for the Children First.

When I was in middle school, they used to take us down to the multi-purpose room and make us watch plodding videos about nutrition (vegetables good, sugar bad), and then preach to us about the kinds of things we should be eating. I remember one day when the teachers asked whether we should be drinking whole milk or skim.

“Skim” replied the students on cue. “Whole!” I cried alone amid the din.

Because skim milk looks and tastes like water with food coloring, and because the hell with them. Learn how not to look like a Dover cow in a pantsuit before you tell my 65-pound, slim-jean-wearing ass that it doesn’t need all that fat.

However two-minutes-hate that may seem in retrospect, it pales in comparison to what the food fascists have done in North Carolina.

The mother, who doesn’t wish to be identified at this time, says she made her daughter a lunch that contained a turkey and cheese sandwich, a banana, apple juice and potato chips. A state inspector assessing the pre-K program at the school said the girl also needed a vegetable, so the inspector ordered a full school lunch tray for her. While the four-year-old was still allowed to eat her home lunch, the girl was forced to take a helping of chicken nuggets, milk, a fruit and a vegetable to supplement her sack lunch.

The mother says the girl was so intimidated by the inspection process that she was too scared to eat all of her homemade lunch. The girl ate only the chicken nuggets provided to her by the school, so she still didn’t eat a vegetable.

Mix one part bureaucratic officiousness, one part totalitarian busybodying, and splash generously with unintended consequences. Yields 1 serving of Leviathan Stew.