My trip to Bend, Oregon, which involved a lot of contact with fellow travelers, reminded me once again what a classist society America has become. That’s not to say that America wasn’t a class society before, of course. We had our white collars and blue collars, our urban and rural, and our rich and poor. But as Charles Murray said in Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010, it used to be in America that, at least through high school, the children from these differing backgrounds attended the same school.
That’s not true anymore, at least not where I live. Rich children go to fancy, incredibly high-performing public schools (although they’re still handicapped by the terrible California curriculum, which stuffs children with information — often Leftist in orientation — rather than knowledge), while the poor children too often attend barely-glorified prisons. [Read more…]