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Old 07-08-2012, 08:19 PM
 
Location: Mableton, GA USA (NW Atlanta suburb, 4 miles OTP)
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Why is government distrust so high in the south?

I never heard this growing up in Maryland. Distrust of the police, yes but the government overall, no...
That's a good question. I rarely found that attitude growing up in Minnesota, either. Maybe more in small town MN, but not that much.

The thing that shocked me after moving down here was the attitude some even educated people have towards public schooling, even in some parts of metro Atlanta. They talk about "government schools" with complete disdain.

Growing up in the Twin Cities did not prepare me for that sort of attitude towards public schools. Almost everyone up there seems to agree that the public schools up there are fairly hard to beat, and there's even an open debate about whether the few private schools in the Twin Cities are actually "better". But I've even gotten the impression from some in Georgia that they feel that government schools are backwards, and they they might even somehow "indoctrinate" their students in some way. WTF?

Are people really THAT conservative down here. New things are bad? Knowledge is bad? Cooperation is bad?
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Old 07-08-2012, 08:23 PM
 
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That's a good question. I rarely found that attitude growing up in Minnesota, either. Maybe more in small town MN, but not that much.

The thing that shocked me after moving down here was the attitude some even educated people have towards public schooling, even in some parts of metro Atlanta. They talk about "government schools" with complete disdain.

Growing up in the Twin Cities did not prepare me for that sort of attitude towards public schools. Almost everyone up there seems to agree that the public schools up there are fairly hard to beat, and there's even an open debate about whether the few private schools in the Twin Cities are actually "better". But I've even gotten the impression from some in Georgia that they feel that government schools are backwards, and they they might even somehow "indoctrinate" their students in some way. WTF?

Are people really THAT conservative down here. New things are bad? Knowledge is bad? Cooperation is bad?
even in the Nations Capital there is constant debate over charter schools and public schools.
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Old 07-08-2012, 08:29 PM
 
Location: Mableton, GA USA (NW Atlanta suburb, 4 miles OTP)
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even in the Nations Capital there is constant debate over charter schools and public schools.
Then maybe I should consider myself lucky that I apparently grew up in Shangri La.

Of course, I realize that DC is hardly the paragon of society. And I don't really expect it to excel at anything. Look at how they run the country.
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Old 07-08-2012, 08:49 PM
 
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That's a good question. I rarely found that attitude growing up in Minnesota, either. Maybe more in small town MN, but not that much.

The thing that shocked me after moving down here was the attitude some even educated people have towards public schooling, even in some parts of metro Atlanta. They talk about "government schools" with complete disdain.

Growing up in the Twin Cities did not prepare me for that sort of attitude towards public schools. Almost everyone up there seems to agree that the public schools up there are fairly hard to beat, and there's even an open debate about whether the few private schools in the Twin Cities are actually "better". But I've even gotten the impression from some in Georgia that they feel that government schools are backwards, and they they might even somehow "indoctrinate" their students in some way. WTF?

Are people really THAT conservative down here. New things are bad? Knowledge is bad? Cooperation is bad?
Public schools do indoctrinate. Knowing that doesn't mean you "hate knowledge" or "hate cooperation".
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Old 07-08-2012, 08:56 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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If I had to pick a reason, I'd say that integration may play a huge role in the south's hate for government...or at least the part of government that tells certain southern folk to "play nice" with others regardless of background.

It's the 800lbs Gorilla in the closet that no one really wants or care to acknowledge.

I could be wrong, of course.

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Why is government distrust so high in the south?


I never heard this growing up in Maryland. Distrust of the police, yes but the government overall, no...
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Old 07-08-2012, 09:41 PM
 
Location: East Side of ATL
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Hmmm, ever been to the Eastern shore, or Western Maryland?
I know of the Eastern Shore disdain for the legislators in Annapolis. Never heard much about Allegheny, Garrett and Washington Counties complaining about government besides the high unemployment and drug problems out west.

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The thing that shocked me after moving down here was the attitude some even educated people have towards public schooling, even in some parts of metro Atlanta. They talk about "government schools" with complete disdain.
I think, the issue of evolution and creationism plays a large portion in those ideas.

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If I had to pick a reason, I'd say that integration may play a huge role in the south's hate for government...or at least the part of government that tells certain southern folk to "play nice" with others regardless of background.

It's the 800lbs Gorilla in the closet that no one really wants or care to acknowledge.

I could be wrong, of course.
I was thinking that has to play a portion in it as well. It's just weird.


The case of the girl in North Georgia mountains who was arrested by the ATF for bomb making, her dad was grumbling about his disdain for government as well.
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Old 07-08-2012, 09:55 PM
 
Location: Mableton, GA USA (NW Atlanta suburb, 4 miles OTP)
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Public schools do indoctrinate. Knowing that doesn't mean you "hate knowledge" or "hate cooperation".
I don't know that I completely disagree, but could you provide an example?
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Old 07-08-2012, 10:07 PM
 
Location: Savannah GA
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Gnats...don't overlook the South Georgia gnats. Why do you think so many people live in Atlanta?
OH PLEASE! Seriously? The gnats are a minor inconvenience only a few times out of the year. And our baseball team celebrates them!
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Old 07-08-2012, 10:17 PM
 
Location: Savannah GA
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Why is government distrust so high in the south?


I never heard this growing up in Maryland. Distrust of the police, yes but the government overall, no...
LOL! How many people in Maryland work for the government? Hello?
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Old 07-08-2012, 10:21 PM
 
Location: Savannah GA
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The term "government schools" was popularized by Neal Boortz, who is a LIBERTARIAN by the way and can't retire soon enough IMO.
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