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Well, you talk to a middle class parent -- and I've talked to
them. They'll say, “Listen, I'm not going to sacrifice my kid
to some cause of equality. I'm afraid my kid is going to be
assaulted in the school, held up for a quarter on the way to
school.” They tell you those stories, and I believe them.
There's no question that any child who goes to the bathroom
alone in a public school has got to be out of his or her mind.
And I suppose that's the first thing a parent says to the kid:
“Listen, Linda, don't go to the bathroom except if the teacher
takes you.” And that's very good advice.
And then, of course, the education that's provided --
that is, the standards are low.
I think I told you that story: “I wouldn't tell a Jew
how to bake a bagel.” Didn't I?
I'm not sure.
Okay, maybe I'll repeat it. When I was a district leader,
Eddie Costikyan and Hilda Stokeley, who's a black district leader,
reported to the district leaders on their survey of the school
system. And Eddie Costikyan, very erudite, talked about educational
standards and so forth, failure to provide materials that
are necessary in the schools, particularly in the black schools.
And then Hilda Stokeley got up and said to this group of assorted
district leaders, mostly white, “I want you to know that we're
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