August 11, 2005
Schadenfreude in Kansas
Lord knows it's wrong of me, but I'm always just a little bit delighted when entire states sabotage the educations of their children for no particularly good reason. As you know I have a child of my own, and by the time she gets to college age competition for the good schools will be fierce. Anything that knocks out hundreds of thousands of potential competitors in one fell swoop is a cause for celebration.
Yes, I'm sad that in the long run it means we'll just have several hundred thousand additionally poorly educated adults puttering about. But as I'm fond of noting, ignorant is not the same as stupid, and one can hope these folks can be made aware of the causes of their ignorance. After all, it seems possible that not every one of those hundreds of thousands of poorly educated adults will be pleased at the people who put them at a competitive disadvantage to my daughter (and other children whose parents are skeptical that a loving God, should he, she or it exist, would prefer followers to possess a lemur-like level of knowledge), and will respond accordingly. One may hope.
In the meantime, my kid will be kicking their academic asses up and down the road. It's an unfair advantage she has (but not too unfair, as Ohio is one the dumbass states that ignorantly confuses religious agendae for science, so we'll have to work with that), but I'm certainly not going to penalize my own daughter because other people seem content to enforce ignorance on other children. I'll just point it out to her as it happens and remind her that one of the worst things she can do to herself is let other people make her ignorant because they can't handle not being ignorant themselves. I point it out to her already.
So go, Kansas, go! You know, the heliocentric theory of solar system physics is lookin' kind of shaky. Go after that next. That'll up Athena's Ivy chances for sure. "Hey, here's a kid from the Midwest who is not as credulous as a pig," the admissions officers will say, and then reach for the thick packet. God bless them for it. And God bless Kansas, too.
Posted by john at August 11, 2005 01:18 PM
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