Richard's Poor Almanac by Richard Thompson for March 23, 2015
richard's poor almanac by richard thompson toddler's roundtable seated left to right-pookie, lambkins, stinker & leroy kid 1: this week we address the issue, "is school necessary?" kid 2: school? school? fah! i say humanity peaks at two years of age, then begins a slow, inex-orable corruption, a decline, an erosion of the spirit aided, abetted & accelerated by that misguided engine of socialization & conformity we call "education." kid 3: rowr grr kid 2: first time you step into that clas-room it begins - a forced march of academic busy-work; shapes, colors, rhythm play, useless clay objects. then boom, it's 25 years later & you're in some graduate school popular cul-ture studies program, regurgitating your lost childhood in a thesis on "racer x redux; strategies of identity in 'speed racer'". kid 2: do you doubt the superiority of childhood to maturity? check out the bestsellers list. kids are reading the dense, multi-volume harry potter adventures. adults are buying "who moved my cheese." a vapid fable of money-grubbing managerial mice! kid 1: a well-reasoned & thoroughly compelling position. kid 2: thank you. kid 3: hey - i like "speed racer." kid 4: me too. except chim-chim. monkeys in overalls are creepy.