27th November 2013

“I don't in any way object to churches providing and funding schools for those who choose to use them. What I do object to is the state providing and funding church schools.”

Peter Robinson

3 Responses to “27th November 2013”

  1. Jeff Says:

    Even as one who chose to use a religiously based school for his son, I agree. It would have raised his tuition about $1500 per year (a total cost of $6000 to me) and I would gladly have paid it.

  2. Defiantnonbliever Says:

    Jeff, you must have a public education system that’s been trashed in part by state support for religious schools. How can you rationalize paying them a penny to further their destruction of public education?(rhetorical question) I would find another way if I had kids, probably.

  3. Jeff Says:

    Dear DNB,

    I had an extremely grave problem in the raising of my son. A measured IQ of 215+ (the SB Form IV runs out at 215, is the best standardized test for high IQ, and my 6 year old blew of the end of the scale). My son was originally placed in the best public education system for his needs, which was the Cleveland Public School’s (then) Major Work system (since renamed), the oldest such program in the country. I, myself, was a alumni of the system, but nowhere near the category into which my son fell. This took him through Jr. HS, but then the program petered out due to AP, etc. We had to look for private options. The HS we chose was the local Jesuit institution, which was within our budget (somewhat stretched, I will gladly admit). It was a good fix, and to our knowledge, he is the first birthright Quaker (via his mother’s line) to graduate from the school in their 135 year history (in 1999, his class year). He remains an atheist, despite their best efforts, and I remain fast friends with the president of the school (an aging Jesuit priest), despite our different outlooks. He did a wonderful job for my son, in full knowledge and support of the challenges, and I’ve told him so repeatedly.

    Should you not understand the problems of extremely gifted children, let me explain just a bit. There is a line, not clearly defined, but somewhere north of 150 IQ, where the problems begin. These kids are truly multi-processors, and therefore have trouble sleeping. When I noticed my son beginning to overcome those problems, I talked to him about it, and discovered that at 11 he had recreated transcendental meditation from scratch with his own terminology, and was practicing his method to turn off the multiple tracks of his consciousness, and allow him to sleep.

    While people such as my son make up less that .007% of the US population, they represent, by some estimates, upward of 3% of the US prison population. Within that group, they can be some of the worst sociopaths on the planet – think Hannibal Lechter and you’re on the right path. When I started studying this my son was about 18 months old, his pediatrician had alerted his mother and I, and we quickly realized we faced a choice: Prodigy or “Normal”. We chose the latter. Our goal became getting him to the point of an undergraduate degree without seeing the inside of a jail, and to find a way to make him a semi-well adjusted adult. Despite a divorce, and many other challenges, we succeeded, and I give St. Ignatius HS of Cleveland, OH a good piece of the credit. I would do it again, unashamedly, as the alternatives were NOT within my means, and I would NOT make him a scholarship student in a rich man’s school. On that path lie Hannibal.

    Frankly, I had to put my son above my politics. Not even a close call, sir.