The Great Escape from Government Schools?

by James Bovard

“After enduring bullshit school shutdowns during the COVID pandemic, many students concluded that school itself must be bullshit and have skipped attending classes. Government bureaucrats are panicking since subsidies are tied to the number of students’ butts in chairs each day. … School absences have ‘exploded’ almost everywhere, according to a New York Times report last week. Chronic absenteeism has almost doubled amongst public school students, rising from 15% pre-pandemic to 26% currently. Compulsory attendance laws are getting trampled far and wide. … The New York Times reflected the tizzy afflicting education bureaucrats across the land: ‘Students can’t learn if they aren’t in school.’ Like hell.” (04/03/24)