One of the reasons I love Twitter is that I find it a great source of information and stories. People send me links to stories in newspapers across the country and to magazine stories they know will interest me. I got several tweets today with this story.
It is one of the best portrayals of what is taught in at least 19 of the schools that will get voucher students and about $4 million of taxpayers’ dollars.
Every one of these dollars will be subtracted from the minimum foundation budget for public schools, which will be poorer so that children can learn that the Ku Klux Klan was a benevolent society and slavery wasn’t all that bad and the Loch Ness monster is real and people co-existed with dinosaurs.
This is John White’s idea of good education for the children of Louisiana.
This is Bobby Jindal’s idea of education reform.
Friends, the only way this era of idiocy will end is to laugh. Someone said the other day that when the noose is tightening around your neck, it’s hard to laugh. I get that. But when the guy with the noose is wearing a clown suit, it’s funny. There is a novel by Nabokov, I think it is called Invitation to a Beheading, where the main character is behind marched right up to the scaffold, and he stops, turns around, disbelieving, and freeing his mind from the oppressors. And they melt away.