We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The author doesn't do the prior public school system justice. They were stupid so the kids had no chance.
For example, they decided they couldn't have a school named after a slave owner so they renamed George Washington School George Washington Carver School. In other words they renamed the school after a man who was named after a man who owned slaves. I guess the good thing about it was they saved money for this foolishness because they only had to buy the letters for "Carver" instead of a complete new name.
I used to live there and I have a bit more hope than Paul. Hopefully the city will have more accomplished kids who like to party rather than kids who just like to party.