Thursday, March 13, 2008

I Have a Draem, No, a Deram!

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.


Marianne said...

I got nothing to add. I'm just shaking my head.

I got nothin'.

Hammer said...

I checked that one on snopes the other day just to make sure it was legit because so many had claimed it was photo shopped.

I've been to corpus christi many times and I'll be honest, most hand written signs there are that bad or worse.

Babystepper said...

Surely, surely, it's a joke!

photowannabe said...

So sad if its true.

Anonymous said...

I took the same photo and photo shopped it easily to say I have a dream. Very easy to rearrange the letters.
I also made the sign say, "I have drama" and I had a dream. I doubt it is real just far too easy to fake.