I promise not to do to many posts like this, but this recent claim, that “I don’t think parents reading their children bedtime stories should constantly have in their minds the way that they are unfairly disadvantaging other people’s children, but I think they should have that thought occasionally.”.
The finding that prompted this round of beyond parody idiocy was the discovery that
The evidence shows that the difference between those who get bedtime stories and those who don’t—the difference in their life chances—is bigger than the difference between those who get elite private schooling and those that don’t.
What is wrong with these people? There advice isn’t, “Hey read to your kids, it is worth more than an expensive private education” but “You are a bad meany and promoting inequality by reading to your kids”. This lunatic opinion was broadcast on Australian Nation Radio, the ABC and it wasn’t immediately held up to ridicule.
What disturbs me about these sorts of crazies particularly is that when they say, “Boo Hiss inequality”, they also mean “and something must be done!”. But what could possibly be done? Not all parents will read to their kids, so the only possible way to equalize this will be to prevent any parents from reading to their kids.
At what point do we just consider these people dangerous lunatics incompatible with civilization and banish them?