I think I might have found the headwaters of the fabled ‘school to prison pipeline‘.
*** update – like a week later – bottom
Public schools have been criticized for just creating mindless little automatons to feed the soulless corporate beast that is adulting. Greatness is not encouraged, and certainly not developed. You are taught to be quiet, sit down, and question nothing. Oh, you do get to stand… to pledge allegiance to god and the flag. Not sure if they still do that, but you know that we all started every single day like that. Once I became xenophobic woke, I stopped participating. It troubled me then, as it does now, that kids are taught to memorize and recite this even before they know what the words mean. That is high level indoctrination. This is more insidious than ‘school to prison’. This is ‘school to mediocrity’ pipeline. “There is something happening and you don’t know what it is… do you… Mr. Jones?” That is a direct quote from a Dylan song, and I can only assume he is talking about his need to not end up a janitor in Hibbing, Minnesota. No sir, a young Robert Zimmerman set out to New York City to be a janitor in the big leagues! Do you know how Kris Kristofferson got his break in music? He was the janitor for Sun Studios. It was a bold ass move! How to get in and spend your days with Elvis and Johnny Cash?
Basically, you can thank Melissa & Doug for ‘Me & Bobby McGee”. Don’t worry, there is no threat of that happening with your little snowflakes. Unless you are ready to go tiger mom on their asses… you are raising a houseful of servile tax burdens. Are you one of those parents who says things like “We will always love you, no matter what!”? Cut that shit out. When little Francis brings you that hand turkey… don’t pin that up. Look in his eyes and say “Is this the best you can do? Go back and try again!” Know who really needed a tiger mom? Melissa & Doug! Look at the fine print on the packing… real close. It pretty much says “listen, we all know this is your children’s fate, why not get us rich in the process?” If that isn’t in the text, it is most definitely in the sub-text.
I think America is great! It’s my home team. Know what’s great about America? The freedom to not have to start your day with a Heil Hitler salute. As for the god stuff, isn’t the myth that America was founded on freedom of religion? Obviously, that wasn’t remotely the case.
Did your parents ever tell you that you could do anything? Obviously, not if you are a girl… but I mean the rest of you. You could be president! You could be a great artist! You could be the next _____. I’ll tell ya; you could be the next janitor! Odds are, you will. Next step, let’s teach ’em to read with this.
I am not here just to say ‘Give up Now!” No sir, I am here to TELL you to give up now, and help walk you through the process.
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Learning what, you ask? How to clean up after the White Devil like the servile monkey you will surely soon be. I ain’t saying I am better than your kids (though… Maddox certainly is). I have been a cubicle monkey in corporate America telecom for 22 years now, and I quite enjoy it. Maybe the call center job is the janitor equivalent for the next generation. “Pay attention in school, Timmy, or you’ll end up in a call center going nowhere in life like your pathetic failure of a man who calls himself your father.”
Melissa and Doug think your kid sucks. Listen up kids, don’t just aspire to clean… smile while you do it! You are also thankful.
In fact, Melissa doesn’t think your kids are doing near enough adulting.
If Melissa and Doug really wanted to empower your kids… where is the little oval office set? How about a set of Lincoln logs where they could assemble the resolute desk? Man, I love this thing. I think it may be the most important piece of furniture in America. Seriously. As important pieces of wood go, I put it up there with Trigger. Here is some legislation for that desk – all your cracker kids are gonna spend 4 years cleaning up after minorities and protected classes. Americorps, but with some good ole fashioned humbling thrown in.