Another triumph of public schooling
On this blog, I make fun of the fact that I grew up attending Louisiana public schools. My college degrees are from Louisiana public universities.
My sarcastic remarks are half-true, and half-funny, but when I was in high school, the Louisiana schools usually duked it out every year with Mississippi and Alabama for the honor of being the worst public schools in the United States.
So, despite this, I AM thankful for Neville High School in Monroe, and Louisiana Tech in Ruston for preparing me well enough to work along side engineering school graduates from M.I.T., Ohio State, Purdue, Univ. of Florida, Georgia Tech, and many others, without missing a beat.
But it's so much fun to make fun of my home state's schools. Indeed, there's much to laugh at in Louisiana, from schools to politics. I dare anyone to try to name a state with goofier politics than Louisiana. I mean, seriously, take New Orleans's mayor Ray Nagin, who hit the national spotlight a week or so ago when talking about the play The Vagina Monologues, and declared himself "vagina friendly."
You just don't have to make up stuff about Louisiana; the state just drops true stories in your lap that are way, way better than fiction.
But I saw this on the blog Death By 1000 Papercuts, and had to post this as a shout-out to the obviously wonderful Texas public school system.
Check out this photo of protesters in Corpus Christi, Texas in January 2007:
I'm not sure what exactly these fellow public school victims are protesting, but couldn't someone have spell-checked their signs for them? Maybe some Ivy League school graduates that moved to Texas?
A huge thanks to Death By 1000 Papercuts for finding and reporting this gem, and for making me feel a little bit better about my Louisiana upbringing by taking a cheap shot at Texas's public schools.