That sound you hear is Dementee's head exploding:
David Brooks hit the mark in his "Critique of pure reason in education" (Opinion Exchange, March 3), as he clearly explained that educational reform must address children's lives both inside and outside of school.
I should mention here, that David Brooks is the New York Times' "conservative" columnist...
DEMENTEE INTERRUPT: UH OH!!!! THIS NOT LOOKING TOO GOOD!!!!!
Our educational system has control over only one-third of a child's time beginning at age 5.
DEMENTEE INTERRUPT: ME NOT LIKE WHERE THIS GOING!!!!!!!
Before that age, and during the other 16 hours, or two-thirds of the day when the child is not in school, our society is doing increasingly less to support families and the development of emotionally and intellectually healthy children.
DEMENTEE INTERRUPT: YOU MEAN TO TELL DEMENTEE THAT YOU LAMENT THAT STATE NOT HAVE AS BIG OF ROLL IN RAISING CHILDREN AS THE STATE???????!!!!!
COME TO DEMENTEE LITTLE MOONBAT!!!!!!
LEARNEDFOOT ADDS: Now that she mentions it, I am getting a little tired of wiping Moonchild's butt every time he poops. Perhaps "society" can potty train him for me. Or at least change his diapers...
The expectation of " accountability" must reach beyond schools to encompass all who contribute to their growth -- parents, policymakers and business.
DEMENTEE FUMES: OH SWEET HOLY CRAP!!!!!! GET OUT OF MY LIFE AND INTO MY BELLY!!!!! GET!!!! IN!!!! MY!!!!! BELLY, LITTLE MOONBAT!!!!!!
Who is holding them accountable for how our most precious resource is being shortchanged, manipulated or ignored?
DEMENTEE RAGES: ME WANT TO KILL -
LEARNEDFOOT INTERRUPTS: Easy there bigfella. I'll handle this.
Let's start with the "short-changed" and "manipulated" part. Who, praytell is doing the "shortchanging and manipulating"? Because I'm starting to see these offensive commercials airing again from Education Minnesota (The Minnesota teachers' union) telling me in no uncertain terms that if I do not allow them to take more of my money so that they can pay themselves for keeping MY children more of the time (as this drooling fascist isn't shy about advocating) they will be relegated to mediocrity. Which, according to these commercials, means that they will grow up to look like dorky, fat, balding, bespectacled white men.
Who's being manipulative? THEY'RE MY KIDS YOU NANNY STATIST! YOU DON'T FEED THEM, YOU DON'T SHELTER THEM, AND YOU SURE AS SHIT DIDN'T GIVE BIRTH TO THEM! SO WHAT THE HELL MAKES YOU THINK THAT YOU ARE ENTITLED TO MORE OF MY MONEY TO DO MY FRICKIN' JOB??????
ME GONNA EEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAATTTTTT -
Excuse me. I think I found the place from which D gets his rage.
Where was I? Oh yes, this bit:
Who is holding them accountable...
That is a real scary line, since if you scroll up a little ways, you'll note that one of the groups of people that pronoun "them" refers to is "parents."
You want to hold me accountable for how I raise my children?
By whose standard? Yours?
Can I expect the Education Gestapo to bang down my door in the middle of the night if I fail to adequately teach my children the Holy Value of Tolerance?
Just teach my kids how to do long division and get the fuck outta my life.
DEMENTEE SWOONS: DEMENTEE WISH HE SAY THAT!!!!!!!
Brooks' column is not about "family values" or a conservative agenda. His focus is on where we, and the candidates for office, must begin the conversation of how to support the lives of children. It is the "two-thirds" agenda -
If you recall the beginning of the letter, the "two-thirds" is referring to the time of the day when our children aren't being subjected to the unquenchable maw of the nanny state; that unacceptably lengthy period when parents are left unsupervised to inflict the damage on their children that must later be undone by the bureaucrats who know what's best for society.
...that must now become a priority if we truly want to save our next generation, and indeed, our future.
Unless the rising sea levels drown them first...
KYLA L. BONERSTROM, MINNEAPOLIS;
DEMENTEE ADD: COME TO DEMENTEE!!!!!!!!
DIRECTOR, CENTER FOR APPLIED RESEARCH
DEMENTEE ADD: ME WANT TO APPLY YOU TO DEMENTEE'S GULLET!!!!!
AND EDUCATIONAL IMPROVEMENT, UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA
DEMENTEE ADD: IMPROVE THIS, YOU NAZI!!!!!!