So you’re a bad person if you don’t send your kids to the failing public school system. And since my wife and I plan to home school, I guess we’re basically Hitler.
I find people either care for the individual and have little regard for this collective we call “humanity,” or you care for humanity and have little regard for the individual. I think it’s pretty easy to see what side Allison Benedikt is on with her arguing how you shouldn’t worry about your kids being in a mediocre school since it will help fictional children generations from now. Thus, is Allison Benedikt a soulless, fascist monster? Basically. But we’re used to living around such people; we just need to make sure they’re powerless — writing an article for Slate every now and then for public ridicule and nothing more. To have someone like her have any power over your children (and you know she’d make public schools mandatory if she could) would be unthinkable.
And if you want to help the collective good, punch a stupid hippie. Actually, I’m getting near finishing my new book focused on punching hippies; when that comes out, it will be my contribution to the collective good.