Unfair to fault McConnell for lacking the vision to withdraw. He may be a re-enactor of archaic sentiments, but the truly bad actors are what responsible journalism would keep focused in its sights. (Maybe that lets Charleston journalism off the hook.)
For a very touching account of the Doctor-as-Deity professional dynamics involved with midwifery and the medical establishment, I found Michael Chabon's novel 'Telegraph Avenue' illuminating.
The point is that it's a cheap slam by an overambitious but unprincipled and unqualified politician who could never sac up to do what Mary Schweers did - palmetto or no palmetto.
Literacy in Charleston needs every friend it can find, but this outfit sounds like the Payday Loan version of a "friend."
If you care at all about our nation having any education system at all that is freely available to the public you must consider joining this petition. Make no mistake about it, and regardless of how strongly or weakly you support your local public schools, there are governors throughout the nation who would not hesitate to make their career fortunes on annihilating birth-grade 12 public education (for proof, just look to Connecticut, where the teacher-union-supported governor - Malloy - is now proposing a drastic cut to retiree benefits along with increased teacher pay-in). Also make no mistake about it, South Carolina teachers are shamefully underpaid and have extremely poor benefits. Virtually no one with any plausible options would choose to teach in our state's public schools (with a handful of exceptions). You may not be able to avoid poor public education by paying taxes, but you can definitely and TOTALLY avoid decent public education by NOT paying taxes or teachers. I am no activist, but the last decade has convinced me that there are influential and powerful forces busy reducing public education everywhere in the U.S. to rubble. It's very easy to be a critic of public ed (as a friend of mine said the other day, "Everyone went to school so everyone thinks they're experts on education."). It's really easy to take pot shots at people who are working to make things better for the general public of their towns and states. But unless you really think the nation could prosper with no public education, you really need to wake up to this threat to our national security and well being. Private schools, diocesan schools, charter schools, magnet schools -- when there's no more funding for public education, not one of them is going to show your children or grandchildren the least bit of interest.
Public ed may be more or less imperfect ... but don't allow the imperfect to become the enemy of whatever you may be imagining as a perfect world, a world in which people look after their own and turn their backs on the rest of the world -- only to discover quickly that it's their own well being that's been given away.
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