Saturday, November 23, 2013

Public schooling is child abuse: The PB & J edition

Glenn Reynolds loves to highlight stories about the all too common idiotic and inane behaviors from the administrators and union-backed instructors in our government K-12 schools.  Particularly stupid behavior generates his "public school is a form of child abuse" meme.  Hence the honorific title of this OLS post.  As to the specifics in this instance of K-12 "child abuse", here's an excerpt from the article Instapundit links to:
Did you know that eating or even talking about a peanut butter and jelly sandwich could be considered racist?
That’s right.
Apparently, it’s because people in some cultures don’t eat sandwich bread.
You can read more about this nonsense, here. What I particularly enjoyed, however, was Reynolds's comment following immediately after his link to the article:
Remember, these schools supposedly teach children critical thinking.
So, here's a question: if, in America, talking about a PB&J in front of a student from a country that doesn't eat sandwich bread is racist, then would it be racist if a student in, say, Somalia talks about eating a local food stuff that we don't eat in America and does so in front of an American student? For these administrators to be consistent, they'd have to say "yes".  Of course, you and I both know, they wouldn't. Part of the liberal, anti-American, multi-cultural, PC, double-standard they work so hard to propagate and sustain.