Don’t Waste Our Money on Public Schools!



So the fools spend money on schools.  Politicians drool with pride as they put in shipments of new equipment; to show the mothers that they are doing something, something for their  ignored children, the single family homes, the devious loneliness in tiny desk chairs.

And the care-pretenders dump money into a failed system as the children grow stupider by the day.  Hey, hey, hey, these children are drop outs while they are still attending, bending all the rules.

If you could take the school out of school, students might learn.  They grow by studying on their own.  They learn by abandoning their teachers for their books.   The deans  are schnooks.  The politicians are crooks.  The students should just sit in a nook and study.

In my junior year of high school my parents moved us from East Meadow to Great Neck.  I was a C student.  They blamed it on the school system.  They didn’t see that I didn’t give a damn.  I ate kosher ham.  I lived in contradictions like a mental infliction. 

I couldn’t get anything right.  I didn’t want to do anything but fight against success.  I was the best at being the worst.  I worked on hitting bottom like a homework assignment..

Great Neck was supposed to have one of the best school systems in the country. The taxes were higher.  If they can’t educate you they buy ya.  Rich is better.  My parents thought I would reform.  They became forlorn.

schoolssuckI hated it.  I felt out of place.  I went from a C student to an F.  I was bereft and almost suicidal. I got into street fights in a rich town where there were no street fights. I split a friend’s head open with a rock. Hickory dickory dock, if he died I would have been in jail, locked.

I did drugs in 1963 before drugs were common.  It wasn’t cool yet.  I was the only one who was high at Great Neck North High.

Great Neck North almost destroyed me. I didn’t listen.  I was on a self-destructive mission. All the best equipment but I wanted to be the worst student. If I could hurt myself I could get back at the world for nothing.  

At first I wanted to be cool.  I drove my Jaguar XKE at a 140 miles per hour without a license.  I was a schmuck.  I quacked like a duck but learned to hate my feathers.

You can’t buy your way into intelligence.  Pouring money into schools is a waste. During my senior year I became ashamed of my grades and started studying.  I had a revelation.  It did not come from the school. I crept up towards A’s.  I had seen pride and self-worth on the road to Damascus.  I was no longer Saul.  I was Paul.  I no longer wanted to be cool. I dropped all my friends and became a studious nerd.

So when  poor neighborhoods complain about schools, “F…K em.” You’re not going to change the world by education.  You’re going to change it by making people wanting to be educated.  Desire sets the world on fire.  Harvard is not a location.  It is an intention. I didn’t need a language lab.  I could have read books in a manger.

You get out of schools what you put into them.  I eventually got a Ph.D. with a 3.8 index. Schools educate fools but fools educate themselves and become wise men.  It’s the time alone with books wherein your intellect cooks.

Education has nothing to do with expensive schools.  I retreated from their influence. I found the nut within my shell.  I was rediscovered like a religious conversion.  I became educated by reading the book of the heart.  There is a university within my arteries. Desire is the choir of intelligent music. 

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David Lawrence

David Lawrence

David Lawrence has a Ph.D. in literature. He has published over 200 blogs, 600 poems, a memoir “The King of White-Collar Boxing,” several books of poems, including “Lane Changes.” Both can be purchased on He was a professional boxer and a CEO. Last year he was listed in New York Magazine as the 41st reason to love New York.

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