Maybe public school ‘diploma mills’ should be more like Catholic schools, says Bill Maher

HBO’s “Real Time” host Bill Maher argued Friday that public schools should try to be more like Catholic schools. The surprise take from the liberal comedian was rooted in his belief that public schools are churning out violent, know-nothing youths.

As proof, Maher played a dozen or so recent to relatively recent videos of public school kids attacking and even beating their teachers.

“I’m sure there are parents seeing this and saying, that’s not us and this isn’t our experience. True, not all schools are violent and scary. But they are all diploma mills that allow students to graduate without demanding the kids know basic s–t,” he then said.

“George W. Bush [once] asked, ‘Is our children learning?’ Well, it’s only gotten worse. Only 33 percent of U.S. children can read at a level of proficiency. If you’re attending an American high school now, that’s about one-third,” he added.


Continuing his screed, he admitted that he’s no longer surprised about the current trend in education away from public schools.

“So I’m not surprised that homeschooling is America’s fastest-growing form of education, and not just with weirdo Christian families who make their daughters wear a bonnet. To millions of parents, anything is better now than public education, and that includes Catholic school,” he said.

“In 1970, only 2.7 percent of the kids who went to Catholic school were not Catholic. Now it’s 22 percent. Catholic school eighth graders are two full grade levels above public school kids, because their school isn’t a safe space for f–king off. They’re told, no, you can’t be on your phone here and your pronouns are shut up and sit down. How f–ked up is this country that to get a no-bulls–t education now, you have to go to the place that’s completely based on bulls–t?”” he added.

As should be obvious, Maher is no innate fan of Catholic schools. But he is a fan of the discipline and common sense they promote versus the inanity and insanity seen in modern public schools. With that in mind, what he’d like to see across America are non-Catholic schools that behave like Catholic schools.

“What we need in this country is a chain of non-Catholic Catholic schools. And since many celebrities have opened their own schools…well, now I’m thinking of doing it and opening Bill Maher’s Catholic school. It’s like traditional Catholic school, just without the religion and the molesting,” he quipped.

“At Bill Maher’s Catholic school, we do school old school with a curriculum called school classic. Rule one: no phones all day, no exceptions, not just so the kids aren’t distracted when they’re trying to learn, but also because it forces hovering parents to leave them the f–k alone for eight hours. You’re their parent, not their probation officer,” he added.

“Other rules include: No making up a disorder that allows your kid to get more time on the test, we call that by its original name, cheating. No participation ribbons, no turning in anything late, no vaping, no emotional support animals, and, of course, if a student doesn’t maintain a C average or higher, absolutely no sex with the teacher,” he continued.

Maher’s remarks prompted some criticism from those who say the left — as in his preferred party — is to blame for the conditions at modern public schools:

But by the same token, Maher’s words also inspired some agreement and praise.



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