Starstruck

Along comes a savior, named Helaine Olen, writing an article in the Washington Post decrying the benefits of remote education.

She states that it’s about time to admit that remote education is a failure.

Right on.

This is a nice article, Helaine, and I commend you for writing it, but sorry, you don’t get any credit.

The credit goes to the millions of Americans who tried to tell our leaders nine months ago, in vain, that remote education would not work.

These Americans were not listened to.

In fact, these people were ceremoniously ignored.

That they were ignored points out a flaw in our American system.

People who attend regular schools are not listened to.

One only has to look at Ms. Olen’s resume to see why she is even being listened to now.

It’s right there in her pedigree.

She is a graduate from Smith College.

I refer to Smith College as one of many sisters of phony colleges that exist in the northeast area of the United States.

These schools like Vassar, Bryn Mawr, and of course the usual Ivy League suspects are phony in that they impart a false prestige.

Smith, along with Sarah Lawrence and Barnard, is a school whose name alone gives the impression that educated people are coming from there.

It’s just the kind of college that gives editors of the Washington Post and the New York Times an erection.

Why, someone must be intelligent if they graduated from Smith College.

Veto.

There was a writer once who came from Sarah Lawrence college. Her name was Lisa Schwarzbaum.

She wrote for Entertainment Weekly.

A fine writer, Lisa Schwarzbaum was one of these writers who would insert French phrases like fin de seicle in her writing in order to make herself seem more exotic and intelligent.

She would also use unusual words like cloying rather than syrupy-sweet so as to put the reader off balance.

Similarly a resume that includes either Smith College, Barnard or Sarah Lawrence will lead the unknowing reader into thinking that some intelligence must exist in the author’s mind.

In this case, though, an intelligent person from one of these schools did manage to sneak through.

Remote learning is a failure.

It is a colossal failure.

But why should we have had to wait from someone from one of these phony schools to sneak an article into the Washington Post to tell us?

I am glad that Ms. Olen wrote her article.

Where was she nine months ago?

Do you understand what I’m saying?

Let me be clear.

If a regular person from a regular school had written the exact same article, it would not have been published.

The only reason her article got published is because Ms. Olen graduated from Smith College. That’s it.

The editors of the Washington Post, like the editors of the New York Times are starstruck. They live within a good old boy bubble that only listens to someone from their clique.

Doctor after doctor, psychologist after psychologist, teacher after teacher spoke in vain about the limitations of remote learning.

They were not listened to.

Not only were they not listened to by the phonies at the Washington Post and the New York Times, they were not listened to by your local political leaders who are themselves starstruck.

When that condition of being starstruck changes, we will be better off and so will the children of America.

Sincerely,

Archer Crosley

Copyright 2020 Archer Crosley All Rights Reserved

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