September 5th, 2009

Snarky Candiru2

Bogeywomen and time servers: the educators of the Patterverse.

As you know, Lynn is of the opinion that kindergarten isn't actually school at all; as far as she's concerned, it's a fun activity that prepares children for the real thing but, other than that, hasn't any lasting effect. This also means that she demeans kinderdarten teachers by thinking of them as glorified baby sitters whose responsibility extends to controlling arts and crafts suppplies and enforcing nap time. To her, real school begins with the assignment of work to be graded and the enforcement of real discipline by a real teacher. The prototype of the ideal teacher in the Foobiverse is Mike's Grade One teacher, Miss Campbell. Her liography tells us that she was pretty much driven to distraction trying to control his abnormally high disruptive tendencies. Given that the Mike that we all know could be charitably described as incredibly average, it says something about her that she is on the brink of a nervous breakdown because she has to deal with a non-descript little boy who tends to drift off into his own little world. That thing is that she's so insecure, she demands total conformity from six year olds; the same sort of woman Lynn and Elly would praise as an icon of common sense and firmness looks very much like a petty tyrant who fears and hates children and demands that her charges not disturb her with questions. The realization that one of them questions having his opinion force-fed to him by a tetchy refugee from the hysteria ward is to her a sign of the End Times as she identifies the anomynous drone whose free will vexes and frightens her as being the Antichrist.