On Facebook, Billy Beck warmed this quote from facebooker Jimmy Cammack:
Public education is the biggest cash for clunkers program in the history of mankind.
As I tell the local educrats, the only thing left to them now is the babysitting function. That’s it. They run a place where kids can be left for eight hours (or more, with the ever-burgeoning “after school” activities). Everything else, meaning the instruction, is available elsewhere, especially via the internet. “What about ‘socialization’?” It’s not socialization, it’s institutionalization, and it is the platform for the development of immature peer group cultures that help the Bosom State extend a cultivated infantile adolescence into perfunctory adulthood.
More: I addressed one element of this dilemma way back in “The paradox of public education.”