I just got back from having my bi-monthly mani-pedi-bikini wax and oh my goodness, can I tell you what I just saw in People Magazine at the salon?
They are now on the “look how bad it is in our schools” media gravy train. (Research somewhere has got to be out there that if you point a finger at how cruddy it is in our schools today, your ratings, readership, stock price will go up.)
Since I was reading the print edition (Courtney Cox, the forlorn, on the cover) I can’t find the hyper-link to the story, but WOW, what a story indeed.
Mixed in between pages about the breast implants of Kate Goselin, Charlie’s Sheen’s drunken, naked antics and David Arquette copping to the fact that he had sex with multiple women that were not his estranged wife – and it made him cry! – was an expose on the disrepair of schools across the nation.
In Baltimore they had the requisite pictures of two African-American boys in a gym locker room/ghetto where, if you carelessly back up, the jagged edges of the ripped off doors would stab a kid. (I’m not making this up.) In Kentucky they had a line of white kids – 2nd graders, I think – waiting to use the restroom… because there are only 2 bathrooms for 300 kids!! And on and on and on.
Of course they mixed in pertinent facts about graduation rates, kids with asthma struggling with attendance and do-gooder admins who “just have to do more with less” these days.
People magazine bills itself as the #1 celebrity site for breaking news. So why the sudden interest in our schools?
If it bleeds, it leads.
Of course, should Taylor Swift have a meltdown, Miley Cyrus kiss a boy or Jennifer Aniston do anything as wacky as cross the street (still pining for Brad as the crosswalk flashed its lights), the more pertinent journalistic stories will once again get the front cover.
But thanks for the update People. My only question is, did you airbrush the graffiti in that locker room or was that the real deal?
(p.s. I was picking up my wife. My own appointments aren’t until the weekend.)