Gene Nichol, head of the John Edwards -founded UNC Poverty Center, wrote an article in the N&O over the weekend criticizing and demeaning efforts to expand educational options for low-income North Carolinians. He fears that families may try to escape failing public schools to attend private schools “without a whiff of accountability.” Of course, private schools are accountable – to the students and families choosing to attend. Otherwise, the students go elsewhere. But the only kind of accountability that counts to statists like Nichol is accountability to the ruling class.
Once again Nichol proves himself to be an elitist who doesn’t care one whit about the poor in North Carolina. And in this case shows himself to be a hypocrite who wants to deny struggling North Carolina families the same kind of educational opportunities he himself enjoyed.
Nichol himself went to private school – an option he thinks low-income families in NC are not worthy of.
Nichol, combined with his wife’s salary, enjoys a household income of more than $600,000, lives in a $1 million home in Chapel Hill and owns a half-million dollar beach house on Emerald Isle – all at taxpayer’s expense. Securely enjoying the life of the 1 percent, Nichol looks down his nose at low-income North Carolina families from his million-dollar home and heartlessly celebrates the denial of educational opportunities he himself benefitted from – and could provide for his own children. In Nichol’s mind, the unwashed masses are not worthy of the same privileges he enjoyed.
Expressing his concern that the rulers in Raleigh and DC may not have a complete stranglehold over the curriculum in the private schools at which kids may use their voucher money, Nichol sneers “No matter what nonsense (or venom) they teach, we stand ready to subsidize it.”
The same could be said about your classes, Professor Nichol.