From Doolittle to Big Daddy

 

There were two things this week, a tweet that dropped my jaw and a column about an old movie I have always loved, that somehow connected for me.

Julie_Andrews_Rex_Harrison_My_Fair_LadyThe movie is My Fair Lady, the Hollywood version of Pygmalion, in which Eliza Doolittle get Professor Higgins to teach her proper (Queen’s) English so that she can be “a lady in a flow’r shop, ’stead of sellin’ at the corner of Tottenham Court Road.”  William McGurn observes the assumptions of Ms Doolittle’s request and study of language:

“Eliza didn’t place her hope in new regulations for street-side flower mongering. For Eliza, upward mobility was about acquiring the skills she needed to get ahead, in this case proper English and the manners that went with it.”

McGurn’s story is about the nail salon battle in New York City that followed a story in the New York Times of the difficulties of making a living as a manicurist.  Like a flower monger in Victorian England, many manicurists are immigrants escaping poverty in their home countries.  Even at the low wages and difficult working conditions manicurists obtain in the US, they are much better off than in the countries they moved from.  Yet ‘progressives’ argue for a crackdown on abuses in NYC and they will get them.  Those moms and dads working in the nail salons will be sent on their way, and their children will end up with less food on the table.

Up here in Minnesota, our governor has vetoed an education budget because it does not include money for universal pre-kindergarten for all four-year-old children.  Child care facilities might be put out of business because the governor’s plan calls for the pre-k to happen in public schools.  (Here’s one study of crowding out of private providers in Fort Worth.)  Progressive support this, to the extend that one of them tweeted:

As a dad I know how hard it is to find quality pre-K, even when both parents are involved. That’s why I stand with @GovMarkDayton. #mnleg

The author of the tweet is a “strategist” for a progressive political action group in the state which is supported by some mainline religious bodies.  I don’t know him but I assume he’s a good father who loves his children.  Yet it appears he is willing to send my child and yours and his to a government school because government needs to help us find a place to send our children at schools that will not help them talk like Eliza Doolittle.

But it’s awfully nice of the government to give those progressives pre-k so that they can help close nail salons or flower mongers.

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  1. Eeyore Member
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    @Eeyore

    But King, all that public pre-k is going to help the children develop the appropriate attitudes towards so many concepts like:

    climate change (“The earth has a fever!”)

    economics (“We’re going to learn how the world can play fair” – Some classrooms have already eliminated the concept of private property, everybody’s school supplies go into one big box that everyone can use)

     society (“Everybody can get along if they try. Our country hasn’t been very good at that”)

    So isn’t the loss of a few businesses (that just want to make money and not help people) worth it if we can help create a better planet?

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  2. Ricochet Member
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    @FrontSeatCat

    I’m not that old….but I remember when there was no “pre-K”. You enjoyed being a child and prior to kindergarten, you were read to and learned fairy tales, like Grimm, and you learned to swim, and sing songs, socialize with the neighborhood kids and learned rules. Then you entered school with apprehension and excitement, and parents spent time teaching and enjoying their little ones. If you need pre-K, hopefully it is not going the route of Common Core, where certain ideas are being incorporated at a (too) young age that may be incompatible with your family’s ideals and beliefs.

    On another note, interesting how so many are fleeing terrible conditions in 3rd world countries to work so hard here (still the American Dream), including the immigrants in the nail salons, the housekeepers (that are earning more than me), are building our homes, working on farms to provide food for this country and themselves, honing marketable skills like carpentry, painting and tiling, bricklaying, gardening, while scenes like Baltimore play out where the “inner city culture” never seem to grasp hold of the American (but not free) dream for themselves and their families. Is it that we offer too little incentive to our culture, and foreign citizens who come from nothing think they have seized the golden egg?

    Some in leadership are setting the wrong examples (no names – figure it out) and some need no leg up – they pull one another up and get on with life.

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  3. MarciN Member
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    @MarciN

    Crony capitalism. These are both instances of a bigger business trying to use government and its willing regulation department to curtail competition.

    It’s infuriating.

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  4. Kozak Member
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    @Kozak

    Eeyore:But King, all that public pre-k is going to help the children develop the appropriate attitudes towards so many concepts like:

    So isn’t the loss of a few businesses (that just want to make money and not help people) worth it if we can help create a better planet?

    Yeah. The little ones need to get their indoctrination as early as possible….

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  5. Eeyore Member
    Eeyore
    @Eeyore

    Kozak:

    Eeyore:But King, all that public pre-k is going to help the children develop the appropriate attitudes towards so many concepts like:

    Yeah. The little ones need to get their indoctrination as early as possible….

    I’d blocked forgotten about that. IIRC, Steven Spielberg produced the video, and it consists of kids from around his neighborhood.

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