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    Tuesday, January 17, 2006

    The War on College

    Pollitt takes Tierney's asshattery right on in The Nation this week. I love this quote:

    Conservatives talk as if boys should be taught in some kind of cross between boot camp and Treasure Island--but what kind of preparation for modern life would that be?

    Great blogging going on -

    Ordinary Life is the Grand Adventure:

    This is the War on Christmas transferred to schools. The core complaint cited by Pollitt is that elementary and high schools have

    too many female teachers, too much sitting quietly, not enough sports and a feminist-friendly curriculum that forces boys to read--oh no!--books by women.

    Pollitt's own arguments aside, do conservatives really know so little about the times to which they harken so longingly? They should leaf through a Little Colonel book once in a while (The Little Colonel in Arizona has some relevant scenes). These tomes--paragons of the way things used to be circa 1910, when girls stayed out of politics and Blacks stayed in the servants' quarters--include some fascinating schoolhouse anthropology. Female teachers? Plenty of them. Sitting quietly? Much more quietly, and much more motionlessly, than anyone would accept today. (And the girls were just as fidgety as the boys.) Sports and extracurriculars?


    Heavens to Mergatroyd suggests Katha Pollitt as an NYT columnist. Ha, we should be so lucky.

    Madame Politics:

    Key point - because of the sexist nature of the labor market, women need to obtain credentials more than men in order just to compete on the same level. And what's more, there are still stereotypically male jobs that pay well and don't require college degrees (i.e., plumbing, cabinetry, electrical work, computer repair, refrigeration, trucking, mining, restaurant cuisine) thereby helping to explain the growing disparities in the numbers of male vs. female college students.

    But remember: You read it here first.

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