School district issues dress code that requires underwear - what does it say about the teachers that this needs to be spelled out? Of course, the teacher’s union objected. Clearly forbidding “clothing containing slogans for beer, alcohol, drugs, gangs or sex will also be prohibited” when teaching children is a hallmark of an oppressive right wing Christianist patriarchy or something.
Do any of these prove that public education is organized child abuse? No, any system is going to have failures. Yet those who oppose any change seem to think that the mere mention of any failure in charter or voucher based systems immediately renders them beyond the pale.
One might be tempted to think that statists simply think in absolute terms and therefore project that on their opponents — it is endless having my statement of “A is better than B” paraphrased as “A is perfect”, but that doesn’t explain the double standard. I am left falling back to the tribal explanation, “it’s my team so it’s right and you’re wrong”.
P.S. Have to add this as a footnote, not that it’s particularly relevant —
the evidence suggests that political knowledge is higher among students who attend private schools, even after controlling for various demographic variables such as race and family income. I’m not suggesting that private schools necessarily do a great job of teaching history and civics. But they are, on average, doing a better one than government-run schools. Sending all students to public school would further exacerbate the already severe problem of political ignorance.
Maybe that’s the goal…
P.P.S. Another interesting link I found researching, about the effects of just getting disadvantaged people in to college and why that’s not necessarily a mark of success.