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October 28, 2008

Fact for the Day

Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

The U.S. is the only industrialized country where youths are less likely than their parents to earn a high school diploma.


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According to one source, "hostility toward academic achievers is even higher among Hispanics than among blacks." Mark Cromer points out that in eight hours of televised presidential-wannabe and v.p.-wannabe debates, the onscreen m.c.'s "allowed the candidates to avoid even a single tough question about immigration policy."

What a good job our political system does of offering us meaningful choices! And how terrific our free press is at holding politicians' feet to the fire!



posted by Michael at October 28, 2008


Are you suggesting that that should read "where youths are less likely than someone else's parents...."?

Posted by: dearieme on October 29, 2008 11:00 AM

The media won't hold the politicians feet to the fire. The media is in cahoots with Washington, the goal being to keep Americans divided. If Americans are busy fighting amongst themselves - the right vs left thing - then they won't focus on what is really going on in Washington and how their "representatives" are selling them down the river.

The media has helped turned politics into sports, with liberals hating conservatives as much as Boston fans hate Yankee fans. And just like in sports, the illusion is created that if your party wins, you win.

The Democratic party win big next week. The folks that consider themselves Democrats will be feeling pretty good, but just like the fans of sports teams that win championships, it's really not about them at all. It's about the athletes (politicians) who will be putting the fans' (your) money in their pockets. The fans who support their team (political party) with their hard-earned money are the suckers.

It's a masterful case of misdirection designed to keep us looking the wrong way.

Posted by: Bill on October 29, 2008 1:22 PM

Our elites have consigned us to multicultural hell. You can talk forever about this or that specific problem; they all refer back to our ever expanding marvelous rainbow. And for that reason every one of our vital social problems CANNOT BE SOLVED.

Posted by: ricpic on October 29, 2008 2:13 PM

Hostility towards academic achievers can be found in the comments sections of this here blog. It's an all-American tradition! Hell, Michael, you've said as much yourself about your own education. Come on, man, give me a break.

Posted by: JV on October 29, 2008 3:39 PM

JV -- Are you really trying to argue that what this country needs is tens of millions more high-school dropouts? I'm curious to see where you'll go with that.

(Incidentally, nothing wrong with getting an education, of course. Hard to imagine being of much use without some kind of education after all. And the reference in the posting wasn't to kids who ridicule Harvard Law students, it was to kids who ridicule other kids who do a little homework and maybe manage to graduate from high school. Twee and destructive carrying-on by know-it-all elite-class intellectuals and would-be intellectuals, on the other hand ... Well, why not have some fun at the expense of that crowd?)

Posted by: Michael Blowhard on October 29, 2008 5:11 PM

Michael, you've written entire posts about how a classroom situation is inherently feminine, how it stifles boys. And you weren't referring to Harvard classrooms, but elementary and secondary classrooms. That kinds of argument is reinforced, albeit more vociferously, in certain ethnic communities. The hostility towards education in the US comes from all demographics, unfortunately.

However, I agree that the immigration issue is closely linked to the education issue, no question.

Posted by: JV on October 29, 2008 5:45 PM

JV -- I don't think there's anything intrinsically feminine about classroom situations, just classrooms as they're usually run in this country. I don't think there's anything intrinsically ridiculous about "getting an education" either -- but I certainly do think that our educational class is remarkably prone to fads and follies; that our elite institutions are often full of it; and that "getting an education" ought to come in a hugely bigger variety of flavors and kinds than it currently does come in.

I don't know how we've gotten off on this track, but always fun to swap impressions and opinions ...

Posted by: Michael Blowhard on October 29, 2008 9:58 PM

What countries are you referring to and what are their methods? I'm genuinely asking. Maybe the English with their various trade schools? I'm certainly not against that.

Posted by: JV on October 30, 2008 2:50 AM

Intellectual élite in America? Great idea. We should try it sometime...

This use of "industrialized" has a familiar ring. It's the term gun-control advocates use to try to shame us. It's really code for "white, with some token Asians". They forget that three countries with fewer people, and more murders, than the US-- Russia, Brazil and South Africa-- are all quite industrialized.

Whether it's crime or social mobility or education, are we comparing Kingston, N.Y., with Kingston-upon-Hull, Kingston, Ontario... or Kingston, Jamaica?

Posted by: Reg Cæsar on October 30, 2008 12:10 PM

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