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Bully Pulpit

The term "bully pulpit" stems from President Theodore Roosevelt's reference to the White House as a "bully pulpit," meaning a terrific platform from which to persuasively advocate an agenda. Roosevelt often used the word "bully" as an adjective meaning superb/wonderful. The Bully Pulpit features news, reasoned discourse, opinion and some humor.

Thursday, July 28, 2005

More Elitist

"But before 16, I'm not so sure a kid can make an informed decision."

Who said anything about the kids making that decision? Certainly their parents must make the decision whether they should be in school. However, if we're not forcing everyone to be in school (read the Gatto article), schools are free to expel those who disrupt the learning process of other students. If parents are too apathetic to make their children go to school, it is not the responsibility of the state to take on this function. In that light, there is no need to even consider an age under which it should be compulsory to attend. Compulsory attendance is a protection mechanism meant to preserve the institution, not to benefit the participants.

"(And you've called me an elitist liberal before. It's been a while ago.)"

Yes I did. It was because you were making elitist liberal comments. However, you referred to one of my statements as elitist, which it clearly was not, hence my suggestion that you look up the word.


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