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    were it not for reality where we live (Southern Appalachia). Here the schools exist for the sole purpose of turning out willing workers for the furniture and textile factories that all went overseas a decade ago. Kids with more aptitude get sent off to state boarding schools with specialties, also something we couldn't afford when grandson #1 was in high school. He breezed through with straight As, the counselors absolutely refused to help with college. Hell, I don't think any of them had a clue how to do such a thing, it's not in their job description and they graduated locally. Go figure.

    He wanted to be a scientist - a geologist/paleontologist - from the time he was 3, aced every science course he ever took until his junior year. When he met a science teacher who taught that the world was 6,000 years old and evolution never happened. He was flabbergasted, decided science wasn't all it's cracked up to be in this climate (lots of hard work, forever marginal living, total idiots like this a dime a dozen). Starving scientists around here are as common as starving artists. Duke would have paid for his tuition if he'd gone that route, but only if we'd had the money to send him away for live-in indoctrination. Perhaps just as well, since that's reality.

    Now, more than ever, we need the Jedi.

    by Joieau on Sun Oct 17, 2010 at 12:25:48 PM PDT

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