Slate: Only bad people send their kids to private schools

Posted: August 30, 2013 in Governments, Politics, Uncategorized
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… according to Allison Benedikt. Except maybe the Barack and Michelle Obama. She published a “manifesto” at Slate called “If You Send Your Kid to Private School, You Are a Bad Person.”

You are a bad person if you send your children to private school. Not bad like murderer bad—but bad like ruining-one-of-our-nation’s-most-essential-institutions-in-order-to-get-what’s-best-for-your-kid bad. So, pretty bad.

At least she clarifies that people who are prepared to make personal sacrifices in order to provide their children with the best possible options are not as bad as murders.  How magnanimous of her.

Benedikt also starts by admitting herself ignorant on education policy, and then proceeds to demonstrate her stupidity and ignorance throughout the rest of the article.

I am not an education policy wonk: I’m just judgmental. But it seems to me that if every single parent sent every single child to public school, public schools would improve. This would not happen immediately. It could take generations. Your children and grandchildren might get mediocre educations in the meantime, but it will be worth it, for the eventual common good. (Yes, rich people might cluster. But rich people will always find a way to game the system: That shouldn’t be an argument against an all-in approach to public education any more than it is a case against single-payer health care.)

Read the whole article here. The irony in all this is that it seems Ms. Benedikt sends her kids to a private pre-preschool in New York City, although she does plan to send them to public school. So this makes her a temporary bad person.

In the fall of 2018, all of our kids will finally be in public school, and we will have the $5,000 we pay in child care every month back in our bank account. I will be 41, my husband will be 46, and perhaps then we can start to consider a second toilet.

Not all of that $5K will go toward a family home — to pay for preschool, we stopped contributing to our 401k years ago. So 2018 will also be the year we start paying into it again — not that we will ever be able to retire — and, hey, let’s put some away for college, shall we?

On the interesting notice, Benedikt’s boss, David Plotz, who attended a private school, hailed Benedikt’s “amazing manifesto” in a tweet.



  1. Anna Harte says:

    “But it seems to me that if every single parent sent every single child to public school, public schools would improve”

    … I wonder if there is any *real* data to support the assertions and argumentative idealizations used to bolster her viewpoint.

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