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Christianists can't add two and two

Of course, we know that--they're the 36% supporting increasingly desperate "President" Bush.

But now, with the release of a new 5:00 Horror from the education department, we've got proof. The Times:

The Education Department reported on Friday that children in public schools generally performed as well or better in reading and mathematics than comparable children in private schools. The exception was in eighth-grade reading, where the private school counterparts fared better.

The report, which compared fourth- and eighth-grade reading and math scores in 2003 from nearly 7,000 public schools and more than 530 private schools, found that fourth graders attending public school did significantly better in math than comparable fourth graders in private schools. Additionally, it found that students in conservative Christian schools lagged significantly behind their counterparts in public schools on eighth-grade math.

Well, shoot. You don't need math to read the Koran, uh, the Bible, now do you?

So: Even after the Republicans have tried to gut the public schools, they're still as good as private--the differentiators aren't the nature of the schools or the teachers, but--surprise--the, er, station in life of the parents.

But poor kids are stupid. They should have chosen different parents when they were born!

Bonus: Even the Times noticed the release date and time:

ts release, on a summer Friday, was made with without a news conference or comment from Education Secretary Margaret Spellings.

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