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Senators Berger and Hunt do their best Yertle the Turtle impressions

Public ed cutsIf you haven’t already, be sure to check out Lindsay Wagner’s excellent story on North Carolina’s increasingly demoralized public school teachers over on the main PW site. You’ll also get to read about the over-the-top reaction from state senators Phil Berger and Neal Hunt to the tepid efforts by some in the education community to at least raise awareness of how bad things have gotten.

Indeed, Berger and Hunt’s response is so remarkably heavy-handed that it calls to mind some verses from Dr. Seuss’ classic story about another big shot who thought he was entitled to rule over the masses:

“Then again, from below, in the great heavy stack,
Came a groan from that plain little turtle named Mack.
“Your Majesty, please… I don’t like to complain,
But down here below, we are feeling great pain.
I know, up on top you are seeing great sights,
But down here at the bottom we, too, should have rights.
We turtles can’t stand it. Our shells will all crack!
Besides, we need food. We are starving!” groaned Mack.

“You hush up your mouth!” howled the mighty King Yertle.
“You’ve no right to talk to the world’s highest turtle.
I rule from the clouds! Over land! Over sea!
There’s nothing, no, NOTHING, that’s higher than me!”

With any luck, the right-winger and privatizers grinding our public schools into the ground will meet a similar fate.

One Comment


  1. NitWitCharmer

    October 31, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    I am a parent and I find the political indoctrination in our schools on par with religious indoctrination in our churches.

    And while such indoctrination in our churches is to be respected as it is done via the willingness of parents, the same can not be said of our schools, as schooling is mandated by law.

    Please, keep you political indoctrination out of our schools; it’s offensive to Americans.

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