Monday, August 13, 2007

Free-school

FREE-SCHOOL, n. A nursery of American statesmen, where, by promoting the airy flight of paper wads, they are interested into the parliamentary mysteries of hurling allegations and spittoons.

2007 Update: The essential institution of a democratic society, where young tyrants labor in freedom under the authority and tutelage and according to the rules of an older one.

39 comments:

puppybrose said...

uh...first?

what can i say, it was my best year in school. or so i've been led to believe. ; )

puppybrose said...

and by free-school, you meant, of course, free-skool... rite?

I Dive At Night said...

Free-skool I understand! Where's the line?

pia said...

I'm the third commenter but the fourth comment. Unless somebody else is going now. Then I'm the fourth commenter but the fifth comment

I understand this very difficult concept because of all the free schooling I had

Free school sounds like a Communist plot. But my b-i-l bitches about the property taxes in the school district my niece goes to and I went to

If property taxes are so high, and most people become "empty nesters" or have the nest filled but they're no longer students, uh as somebody who has commented above--twice, than is free school really free?

Mutha said...

Free-school: Depending upon the real live version, a place in which John Dewey is God or John Dewey can't stop throwing up over what is being done in his name.

Mo'a said...

I never understood why it was called free.
Neva are you talking about free Skal, Skoal or Skool?
No wonder I get so confused here...I am beginning to think I like confusion.

TLP said...

So, here I am leaving the 6th comment, but I'm the 5th person to leave a comment. I went to a school that was free to me, but did cost the taxpayers something. But as you can see it was worth it, like totally. That Pia.

If not for free schools where would tomorrow's doctors, dentists, nurses, come from? I'm old. I'm gonna need these folks.

TLP said...

NO FAIR! Mo'a snuck in, or sneaked in, whatever! I deserved to go to a private, costly school! Then I could count. And spell. All that good stuff. darnitall.

puppybrose said...

so, now i'm the first commenter, leaving the 9th comment, and this is where my math is gonna get fuzzy.

great point, Pia, and i couldn't agree more. guessing "free school (or skool) should actually be referred to as: "PP School" (talkin' about Public Paid, here, Doug, don't let your undies get all "wedgie" on your a$$).

Sar said...

Free-school...

a.k.a. public school...

a.k.a. public elementary school...

a.k.a. that which will reclaim my girls three weeks from tomorrow. Uh not that I'm counting the 21 days.

Minka said...

free school: the place where you learn for life between classes

the amoeba said...

FREE-SCHOOL, n. Public babysitter, where the staff have utter responsibility for their charges but zero authority over them. Stasis machine in which Society, under the guise of public service, ensures that only the wealthy, and those who genuflect to them (see SCHOLARSHIP) actually get to read, write, and do arithmetic.

It is a sign of the failure of the modern free-school that anyone consents to work for one, under current terms of employment.

quilly said...

Btw, the reason it is free school is because the teachers purchase many of the necessary supplies from their own pay.

the amoeba said...

Quilly? They pay you?!? Why have you been holding out on me? Don't answer that ...

:) :(

Mo'a said...

Sorry TLP!!!

Doug said...

Neva, you get a gold star!

Morgan, it starts on the left. No, the other left. Look, hold your hands up and the thumbs out. See the "L?"

Well, Pia, no.

Mutha, does it show my public school education if I have no idea who John Dewey is? Unless the guy who defeated Truman for the presidency.

Mo'a, clearly you must like confusion.

TLP, where did you learn to vacuum?

Neva, I never had home ec.

Sar, we know it's a magic number when you know it and it isn't 47.

Minka, right on. Or smoke pot.

Amoeba, is it a class conspiracy?

Quilly, and you're driving up the price of a t-square for the rest of us. Thanks a lot.

ariel said...

free-school, misunderstanding, there is no such a thing. :-P

Mutha said...

You can't fool me Doug -- I know about that groovy college you went to out west...
But John Dewey is an American philosopher who wrote a great deal on democracy in education and the notion that children must have some control over the rules that govern them if they are to learn how to function in a democratic society.
My comment was also a play on a line from Woody Allen's Hannah and her Sisters...

All that...and I went to public school! Dang.

Mutha said...

Geez Amoeba -- how do you really feel about it? Are you painting a broad stroke on public schools here -- or only those schools that are advocates of an alternative approach some call "unschooling?"

G said...

Free school/new school/old school - none can change the mind of an old fool.

goldennib said...

Free School: An attempt on the part of the beings in power to place chains upon the mind of free thinkers.

G said...

Oh and I made it to the top twenty and it seems there were a couple/three who had second/third at-bats.

karma said...

free Willy

ok, so i am 23rd but the 1st commentor

Miz BoheMia said...

22 comments ALREADY??? TWENTY TWO!!! And it is barely 10 am!!! What the...?

Free school... too early, in spite of the fact that I was up at 6am, to think properly but I will tell you that in San Francisco one must fight tooth and nail, I kid you not, for the better versions of this here free school and come August 27th I plan to don my armor and FIGHT for a place in the school down the street, where Lil' B has NOT been assigned to but I will be damned, DAMNED, if she doesn't get in!

AAAAAAHHHHHH!!!

Um, can I say damned... DAMNED?

Miz BoheMia said...

Dammit! I was vying for comment 23 seeing that that's the age I was meant to be forever... so... 23 comments already??? TWENTY THREE???

Take it from there my biatches!

Ooops... can I say biatches?

TLP said...

Hey, man, I don't feel like goin' to school no more....it starts much, much too early for me.
Once my Mama discovered MTV this Stray Cats song was a favorite of hers.

Home schooling is the costliest of all. No free ride there.

I'm not even gonna guess how many comments and commenters there have been. You give this bunch an easy word, and we'll come through. No more of that Leviathan crap.

TLP said...

Vacuuming? That's a natural-born talent my man.

Jamie Dawn said...

I'm hoping there's such a thing as free college.
Courtney's taste in colleges is pricey!

That snifffometer is probably picking up the scent of lavendar. I just cleaned the kitchen using Fabuloso (lavendar scented), and my entire kitchen/great room/dining room smells FABuluso!!

the amoeba said...

... class conspiracy, Dawg? You're scintillating this morning. I might almost welcome such a thing. Beats a classroom of people (including the teaching assistant) swooning over the latest Jennifer Aniston hairdo.

Mutha? Don't get me started. Or you'll get me evicted. :)

actonbell said...

Jennifer Anniston has a new hairdo??

A free-school might be free from authority or, who knows, any organized way of thinking, but no one said it was free, as in free lunch.

The Old Mule said...

free school: some malevolent Cuban ideal that rusts the wheels of free markets.

Doug said...

Ariel, I think it means recess.

Mutha, I had no idea. An American Maria Montessori? All I know is whoever thought children should be empowered ought to be hanged. Dug up and hanged, if need be.

G, it's all ABCs and the Golden Rule.

Nessa, that's why every iconoclast was a D-student, which today is known as a B-student.

G, it must come as a shock to you that some people comment more than once per day.

True, Karma. And the only glamourous one.

Miz B, I've learned not to put in my hands in the way of your mouth. Escribiste así como quieres aci. ¡BAILISTE!

TLP, you almost demanded a "suck" joke, but I just can't. Look, except for Wednesday and Saturday, Ambrose Bierce picks the words, not me. If you can find him, you can dig him up and hang him.

JD, I'm registering lavendar and truffle. The cost of colleges is horrifying. I graduated 12 years ago with $40,000 debt which I found horrible. Would that buy you a year now?

Amoeba, I aims to scintillate. Jennifer Aniston has hair?

Nope, Actonbell, nothing costs more than a disorganized education. If you aren't careful you can end up an administrator.

Mule, ¡Pinche rosados! Those commies sure know how to mess up an entitlement.

Jamie Dawn said...

Yes, $40,000 will cover a year at some places. At the college Courty has chosen, we figure it will be about $100,000 for two years, including dorm costs. Luckily, she won't start until fall of 2008, so we have time to completely fall to pieces between now and then.

We may not have free school BUT we have free almonds!!! Yippeeee!!
BTW, that wasn't choco truffles you smelled, it was dark choco-covered almonds. I'm out of truffles at the moment. That will be remedied ASAP!

TLP said...

You already dug up Ambrose. You woke him up. Remember?

Suck joke? Hit me with your best shot.

cooper said...

humm

I went to a Friend's school when I lived in Tasmania, it wasn't free but they told us it was. ;0

Sorry Free Skool - Free School, no difference these days.

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Doug said...

Jamie Dawn, you can't put a price on knowledge but you can estimate pretty freely. Hooray for the sanctified almond.

TLP, "those who would ask for forgiveness must also be willing to forgive." -William Jefferson Clinton.

Cooper, build your house by the side of the road and be a friend to man. Hose only schoolchildren.

Thanks, Cheesie. Just as soon as I remember where the template is.

Mutha said...

Oy with the troll under the bridge impression Doug! Your nieces and nephews must giggle at you!

weirsdo said...

Up to the minute rehash of Rousseau.