Wednesday, December 01, 2004

no american institution left unfucked

Has it crossed your mind that our idiot President, who doesn't mind being illiterate because it helps him maintain his desired level of ignorance, seems like an unlikely champion for the No Child Left Behind bill? (Although 'champion' seems like too strong a word, considering that he denied funding for his own program.) Perhaps this has something to do with the situation:

Sharon Shea-Keneally, principal of Mount Anthony Union High School in Bennington, Vermont, was shocked when she received a letter in May from military recruiters demanding a list of all her students, including names, addresses, and phone numbers. The school invites recruiters to participate in career days and job fairs, but like most school districts, it keeps student information strictly confidential. "We don't give out a list of names of our kids to anybody," says Shea-Keneally, "not to colleges, churches, employers -- nobody."

But when Shea-Keneally insisted on an explanation, she was in for an even bigger surprise: The recruiters cited the No Child Left Behind Act, President Bush's sweeping new education law passed earlier this year. There, buried deep within the law's 670 pages, is a provision requiring public secondary schools to provide military recruiters not only with access to facilities, but also with contact information for every student -- or face a cutoff of all federal aid.

Home school your kids, people. The legacy of ignorance and lies this administration is creating is going to be fucking this country for years to come.