Friday, May 20, 2011

The Emperor Has No Clothes...and Spanking

I love me some smart-a** comments, where somebody points out that the emperor has no clothes.
Commenting on pending legislation in Texas that would permit school officials to administer corporal punishment without parental permission, Atrios at Eschaton hits it out of the park in two sentences:

What's The Frequency (May 11, 2011)

Occasionally the conservative worldview clashes with itself in ways I can't resolve. Texas conservatives, who don't trust public school teachers to educate their kids, want to empower them to hit their kids.

As the spouse of a public school teacher, I'm quick to rise to the defense of the bride and her profession as it increasingly becomes a target for all that's wrong with society. I've diagnosed the real problem: it's that everyone (almost) has gone to school and thus knows something about it. They think that the fact of their attendance uniquely qualifies them to spout concerned rhetoric about what's wrong with public schools and what they would do to fix them.

As the bride likes to point out, it's like her claiming to be a highway engineer just because she's driven a car for decades.

(Original newspaper article here)



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