"If You Send Your Kid to Private School, You Are a Bad Person"
This is a small gem of the dopey Liberal worldview.
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. . . .
So, how would this work exactly? It’s simple! Everyone needs to be invested in our public schools in order for them to get better. Not just lip-service investment, or property tax investment, but real flesh-and-blood-offspring investment. Your local school stinks but you don’t send your child there? Then its badness is just something you deplore in the abstract. Your local school stinks and you do send your child there? I bet you are going to do everything within your power to make it better.
But my team has been on the case.
Angus notes that the fraction of kids attending non-public schools is small. Further, he observes that competition from non-public schools might serve to improve them, a point also made by Josh Barro.
Ed Morrissey argues that the influence of affluent parents on public schools is doubtful:
The part about “willful parents” forcing the administration to deal with failing teachers in public schools must have parents with actual experience in these districts doubled over with laughter. It’s almost impossible to remove a failing teacher with tenure, even when they’ve been accused of far worse than incompetence — and even when an administration would like nothing more than to get rid of him or her. Instead, they pay them to sit inso-called “rubber rooms” until retirement — New York City had seven hundred of them being paid not to teach in 2009 — which means even more funds being wasted on something other than basic education. Shifting blame to non-participants isn’t just ignorant and laughable, it’s part of the reason for the chronic nature of the failures.
Glenn Reynolds observes that the author is indicting our disguished leader.
Erick Erickson's response is ad hominem and therefore not kosher. But it is funny.
Megan McArdle argues that if everybody were forced to send their kids to public schools, Manhattan--at least--would be a whole lot different today and not for the better.
And James Taranto wonders: what about single people or childless couples. Aren't they equally bad people? Better think that through!
So childless men are worse people than parents who send their children to private school. But by Benedikt's logic, childless women are even worse people than childless men.
(Finally, I anticipated this last month when I noted that "Liberals believe in thousands of colors of diversity provided everybody is roped into whatever Liberals want.")