Why are private schools?

You know, the word “school” (and “college” and “university”) ought to have some kind of protected status, where you can’t call your institution one of them without meeting certain rigorous standards and qualifications. Get some other word for your propaganda outlet, and if you abuse the terms and mislead the people you are trying to lure into your scheme, there ought to be some kind of legal penalty. It’s not that you can’t rent a room and offer instruction to the gullible in whatever hogwash you’re peddling, but you can’t legally claim it’s a “school”.

Case in point: religious institutions that claim to be, for instance, a university, like Patriot “University”. Or private schools in general, which seem to be set ups for charging excessive tuitions and fees for information that’s better served by a true public school (goodbye, Harvard!) (OK, some private institutions have adopted good standards for education — this is a complex problem in taxonomy, I won’t pretend it’s easily solved.)

But then, there are other situations where the boundaries have clearly been crossed. Like the Centner Academy, “the brain school”. Maybe we can get them on false advertising, since there don’t seem to be any functional brains inside.

In April, a Miami private school made national headlines for barring teachers who got a coronavirus vaccine from interacting with students. Last week, the school made another startling declaration, but this time to the parents: If you vaccinate your child, they’ll have to stay home for 30 days after each shot.

The email from Centner Academy leadership, first reported by WSVN, repeated misleading and false claims that vaccinated people could pass on so-called harmful effects of the shot and have a “potential impact” on unvaccinated students and staff.

Yeah, that’s patently false. There are no viruses in the vaccine. There might be dead fragments, but nothing that can proliferate and infect.

David Centner, one of the school’s co-founders, repeated the debunked claims in a statement to The Washington Post, saying the policy is a “precautionary measure” based on “numerous anecdotal cases that have been in circulation.”

Listen to yourself, David. Do you know what “anecdote” means? You are making a policy decision based on stories and rumor — and you’re getting it all backwards! You’re blocking the people least likely to carry the disease from your “school”, and encouraging the unprotected students to attend!

The people who do attend this “school” are selected for wealth + gullibility, I guess.

Centner Academy is in Miami’s ritzy Design District, and tuition ranges from about $15,000 to nearly $30,000 per year. The school has become a haven for anti-vaccine parents because it does not require any immunizations for enrollment, citing a parent’s “freedom of choice” and falsely claiming there are “unknown risks associated with vaccinations” that could harm children.

Apparently, you go to this “school” to get a degree in ignorance and dishonesty.

A similar sentiment was shared in an email to parents last week regarding the coronavirus vaccine. School leadership referred to the shots as “experimental,” WSVN reported, and encouraged parents considering vaccinations for their child to wait several more months until the school year ends.

“We ask that you hold off until the summer when there will be time for the potential transmission or shedding onto others to decrease,” Centner Academy leaders wrote.

The school has a history of spreading inaccurate information about the vaccine and penalizing those who choose to get the shots. In April, Centner Academy employees were told they had to notify Leila and David Centner, the married co-founders of the school, if they received a vaccine. Vaccinated school employees were told they would not be allowed any contact with students “until more information is known” about the vaccines. School leaders also told those wanting the vaccine to wait until the summer to get the shots.

About a week later, a math and science teacher told students they should not hug their vaccinated parents for more than five seconds, the New York Times reported, referencing the same falsehoods the school communicated in its email about vaccine components “shedding” onto others. Some parents threatened to pull their children out of the school over the comments.

The Centners are a pair of rich kooks with egomania. Centner is a rich entrepreneur who sold code for monitoring toll booths — he has no background in education at all. They shouldn’t be allowed to pretend to be educators.


  1. DrVanNostrand says

    I wouldn’t even say “dead fragments” in the US, because it makes it sound like you might be referring to a deactivated virus or something. Unless you got Sinovac, or one of a handful of other foreign vaccines, you got exactly one fragment: spike protein.

  2. F.O. says

    Finland got rid of private schools and all of the sudden all the powerful fucks there care about the quality of public schools.
    (It’s a chicken-and-egg problem, how do you change things when the people in power are the ones with an interest in not changing them? How did Finland pull this out?)

  3. raven says

    It is inevitable that this private pretend school will be the center of an outbreak of Covid-19 virus and sooner rather than later.
    Most of the children will have mild cases but they will also take it home with them. It’s not that unusual for the children to infect the parents who then end up dead. There are 120,000 new orphans in the USA due to the Covid-19 virus. This was as of July so the current number is undoubtedly higher.

    Coronavirus Today: COVID-19’s orphans – Los Angeles Times https://www.latimes.com › science › newsletter › corona…

    Oct 8, 2021 — More than 120000 U.S. children lost a parent or grandparent who was their primary caregiver during a 15-month span of the pandemic.

  4. raven says

    13 Miami-Dade school employees have died of Covid-19 …https://www.cnn.com › 2021/09/07 › miami-school-empl…

    Sep 7, 2021 — Thirteen school employees from Miami-Dade County Public Schools have died from Covid-19 since August 16, the school district and local …

    Since school started, 13 Miami public school employees have died from Covid-19 virus.
    Nothing unusual about this.
    It’s happening everywhere.
    The Covid-19 delta virus is highly transmissable and it is everywhere. Everyone will meet it sooner or later. If you are unvaccinated then…watch out.

  5. xohjoh2n says

    You know, the word “school” (and “college” and “university”) ought to have some kind of protected status, where you can’t call your institution one of them without meeting certain rigorous standards and qualifications.

    The fish will be most disappointed…

  6. xohjoh2n says

    There are no viruses in the vaccine.

    AZ and J&J are both live virus. (But yeah, replication disabled so they can’t proliferate.)

    Anyway, staying away from the place for 30 days (it takes 3 weeks after injection for the vaccines to reach peak efficacy) might not be that terrible an idea, since their policy appears to be to run a deliberately risky environment…

  7. david says

    “a math and science teacher told students …”
    What else would that teacher be telling the students?

  8. hemidactylus says

    J&J is adenovirus vectored. But the mRNAs are…well mostly mRNA. Not retroviral. Fragments of viruses?

    They get to your precious ribosomes and con them into translating into spike protein in muscle cells. No integration into cellular DNA.

    Then your immune system goes into “wait…what?” mode whereby your previously shuffled regions of antibody genes producing receptors with some proclivity for the spike might wind up undergoing somatic mutation in key areas to increase affinity (stickiness) for spike antigen.

  9. garnetstar says

    I believe that, after the loonies’ first idea that you could catch the virus because a vaccinated person was “shedding” it, was laughed out of town, they switched to vaccinated people shedding spike protein and causing all hell to break loose.

  10. lumipuna says

    I believe that, after the loonies’ first idea that you could catch the virus because a vaccinated person was “shedding” it, was laughed out of town, they switched to vaccinated people shedding spike protein and causing all hell to break loose.

    For the regular ignorati out there, the term “spike protein” probably sounds fairly ominous and totally not like something that you’d have to deal with if you were just naturally sick with the virus. It’s up there with mRNA, which is the same as DNA, which is the same as genetic modification of your precious body. It must be all new and experimental, because regular people didn’t hear about it before pandemic-era media hype.

    According to this mythology, harmful vaccine effects are caused by the spike protein, or at least spike protein is what causes the harmful effects in other (presumably unvaccinated) people near you. Once you’re vaccinated, your body sheds the spike protein in some unquantifiable but very abundant amount, and it spreads around you like miasma. AFAIK some rumors have more or less suggested that this vaccine contagion is what’s causing the rampant illness and death in unvaccinated people. It’s either spike protein poisoning, or the vaccine somehow causes vaccinated people to spread a new enhanced bioweapon super virus variant into unvaccinated people. This again reflects garbled echoes of the recent relentless media coverage on delta variant, breakthrough infections and vaccinated people being able to pass on the virus.

  11. David Utidjian says

    Strangely enough the COO of the school has a masters degree in epidemiology from UMass Amherst. The CEO is Leila Centner (cofounder David Centers wife.) I find it hard to imagine the conversation, if any, the Centners had with their COO Bianca Erickson on this policy for the school. Then again… one can find any number of people with MD, MS, PhD or whatever after their names that will support any worldview you care promote.