Monday, June 09, 2008

The George Orwell Daycare Center.

Kevin has a horrifying post up about today's schools, and the root of the problem with America.

It's long.

It's very long.

But you have to read it.

I don't care if it takes you 18 sittings.

The frustrating part for the real True Believers, however, must be the same thing that confounded Marx and Lenin - the proletariat won't rise up against the bourgeoisie, being too distracted themselves with the base acquisition of material wealth and mindless entertainment. (You know, widescreen HDTVs that proliferate in homes all across America for example, upon which the children of the proles play HALO2 on their X-Boxes and watch Jackass (Unrated) in full 1080p and 7+1 channel Dolby.) It's tough to motivate the proletariat toward social justice when that will prevent them from watching Lost, Tivo or no Tivo.

Our school systems are churning out tens of thousands of ignorant students filled with self-doubt rather than knowledge and understanding, and they've been doing it for literally decades. Knowing this makes the current race for the office of President of the United States much more understandable.

The young want everything. They think they an get everything swiftly and painlessly. They are far too confident. They don't know what their problems are, not really. They talk too much. They demand too much. Their ideas have not been tempered by the hard facts of reality. They're idealists, but they don't sense that it's the easiest thing in the world to be an idealist. It doesn't take any brains. This was said by Aristotle 2300 years ago. Mencken once said that an idealist is someone who, upon observing that a rose smells better than a cabbage, assumes that it will also make better soup.

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