dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

The Pattersons versus education

One thing that you can't help but notice is that the Pattersons do not value education for its own sake. It, you see, must serve the 'practical' purpose of helping them rake in dough and own horses or it's worthless to them. This is why we never see John, Mike or Elly read for pleasure; what's more, Lynn uses John as her mouthpiece for this odd viewpoint. He, you see, lives in fear of having to think about what he's doing and why; if he is forced to question the world around him, he becomes apprehensive and angry. Elly's whining that her time in University was all a waste because she's got no bling to show for it is another symptom of the madness that has taken hold of her family. What's more, it's spread to the despicable vermin they call friends; Connie would gladly trade all her knowledge for a pliable, spineless dullard she can manipulate and Annie seems to crow about not having to had to defeminize herself by learning things. It also extends into the future; Liz will one day be pathetically grateful to have a cowardly man-child of her own so she no longer has to think.

Tags: lynn versus the real world

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