Monday, June 25, 2018

shithole country

You don't have to look far to find third-world conditions. Listen to this retired teacher tell his horrific story about the chaos and mayhem he had to deal with every school day at JFK High School in Paterson, New Jersey:

This video was uploaded in 2014. It's four years later, so what do you think? Do you think conditions at JFKHS have improved?

I once reviewed an interesting, albeit flawed, movie titled "Paterson," which portrays the New Jersey town in a subtle, poetic light. In the above embedded video, though, you get a taste of what the real Paterson, New Jersey, is like, and it's hardcore.

Not that this is anything new, of course; the US public-school system has been shitty for decades, as many movies and documentaries about the problem will attest. When it comes to the question of public versus private, schools follow the same laws of behavior as restrooms: public restrooms will tend to be filthy and poorly maintained while private restrooms, because their owners have a direct personal interest in their upkeep, will on average be much neater and cleaner. When something is government- or corporate-run, it'll most likely churn out mediocrity or outright garbage. Would you rather have a designed-by-committee Big Mac, or a homemade burger that's been lovingly prepared by a capable friend?

Where's Crazy Joe Clark when you need him?

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