I'm sorry, this is almost too easy. Still, I'd hate to pass on a lob like the one Rep. Curtis Blackwood (A Trust Well Placed) hit yesterday. The Union County Republican told a committee that Japanese people are better at science than Americans, while "Jewish people do better than our general population in verbal," and the Chinese really know how to produce things more cheaply than we do. No love for the wily Filipino, huh Curt? (Credit to Marlon Brando for that one.) It's bad enough when Hollywood stars talk like that, but, honestly, a state lawmaker? That's pathetic. And racist. And a smidge xenophobic. Also, it's nonsensical. Last time I checked, the general population of the US included a fair number of Jews, not to mention plenty of people of Asian extraction.
What's really ridiculous about this, if I may qualify its ridiculousness, is that it was offered in support of Blackwood's contention that schools should not start before August 25th because kids need the extra time to get sufficiently bored. At that point, but apparently not before that point, the little nippers will become creative. Yes, it turns out that boredom is the key to real learning. If you're not bored, you're not going to flourish academically. All that stuff about being on fire for knowledge and passionate about your favorite subjects is totally wrong-headed. Obviously, we need to bore kids rather than stimulate them. Perhaps Rep. Blackwood will move to ban extracurriculars to get those test scores up. My generation is going about parenting all wrong. Enough with the lessons and the reading and the cultural outings. We need to stay home and stare at our children until the reach the boredom tipping point and spring up from their stagnancy to create, scientifically, verbally, and cheaply.
Even though I think the legislature (and its pals in the tourism industry) should back off let the school districts manage their own schedules, I'm glad to read about this debate. I must have been really bored before because now I'm so ready to learn more. Mostly I just want to know this: Who's the booger-eating moron?