The perfect summary – ‘ ”What did you learn at school today, Timmy?” his mother asks.
Ever the thoughtful and precocious boy, he responds, “Not much. I’ve learned that some people have a horribly anti-progressive, anti-realistic, anti-thinking, and anti-excitement vision for how school should be. And I’m suffering because of it.”
A narrative vision for schooling in the 21st Century, according to the 2012 Republican Party of Texas Platform:
Every morning, little Timmy and his 4th grade classmates pledge to the Texas flag and American flag. Mrs. Wilson has arranged the desks in straight rows, and there is a curious dearth of technology in the class–no computer stations for students. A large, bold-colored poster hangs on the wall above Timmy’s assigned seat. It reads Only English Spoken Here–We Encourage a Full Transition from Other Languages Within Three Years. After lessons in the basics–reading, writing, and arithmetic, Timmy is feeling drowsy, but he doesn’t dare put his head down at the desk. Last week, he saw Mrs. Wilson snap her wooden ruler across Danny’s knuckles when he nodded off in class, leaving a few drops of blood on his desk.
Timmy enjoys the 10-minute snack break of peanut…
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