Please stuff Charles Murray in a public school locker

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Is anyone else a little freaked out over Charles Murray’s recent educational editorial series in the Journal?
Murray first points out what most kids who went to public school (maybe a shockingly low percentage of WSJ readers) already know – that most kids are pretty dim, or any more PC way of saying “dumber than bricks” (mildly autistic, ADD, ADHD, AAA, metaphorically deficient in luminosity). Fine, we’re with you there, Chuck, and you can add a buckeye to your American Enterprise Institute helmet.
The problem is when you actually read more than just the sub-heading of the first editorial, in which Chucky ventures into Ayn Rand-ville and starts musing about how dumb kids should be satisfied with manual labor and the special responsibility of the nation’s “gifted.” Granted, Charles doesn’t want all poor and/or stupid (for Chuck, just “and”) people to die in horrible industrial accidents, he just wants them to fix his toilet, which may be worse. After all, with regards to people who have social and economic problems, “the culprit for their educational deficit is often low intelligence.” Murray then goes on to pitch a rather small and crooked tent over the possibility of the top 15% (again, wealth and power for the most part magically equating with intelligence) continuing its dominance of business, art, politics and science.
Murray should just move to Vasectomy Housing in New Jersey and then he won’t have to worry about education or its cost. Of course, I am starting to think “moving to Vasectomy Housing” is a cooler and cooler euphemism for actually receiving one.
Murray's Editorial - Part I, Part II, Part III, [BONUS!] Part IV - [WSJ]


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