Let me begin this post with a personal anecdote. True story: I was once arrested for participating in an abortion protest. It was a standard banana-republic arrest and charges were dropped because there was no basis for arresting us. But I got to spend a night in jail—a rather light version where all us pro-lifers got to sack out together.
The room was quite familiar to me—the paint, the décor, the cinderblock wall underneath. It was the same as every American schoolroom I had ever been inside.
Moving on to what might seem like a different subject:
What a great nation we have become where lawmakers feel compelled to rein in professional child-intimidators. Via Fox News:
Schoolchildren in Oklahoma could not be punished for chewing their breakfast pastries into the shape of a gun under a bill introduced this week by a Republican legislator.
Rep. Sally Kern said Wednesday her measure dubbed the Common Sense Zero Tolerance Act was in response to school districts having policies that are too strict or inflexible.
Kern cited a recent Maryland case that gained national media attention where a boy was suspended after his teacher accused him of chewing his Pop Tart into the shape of a gun.
“Real intent, real threats and real weapons should always be dealt with immediately. We need to stop criminalizing children’s imagination and childhood play,” Kern, Republican from Oklahoma City told News9.com.
The bill also bans punishing children if they draw pictures of guns, or if they were tee-shirts supporting the Second Amendment. If you think the bill is not necessary, all you have to do is read a little bit further in the Fox story to find out who opposes the bill.
Linda Hampton, president of the Oklahoma Education Association responded: “The Proposed legislation removes local control from parents.”
Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!
Sorry, I couldn’t help myself. Hampton said nothing of the kind. She said the opposite:
“The proposed legislation removes local control from teachers, counselors, administrators and local school boards. Educators are degreed professionals, trained and experienced in dealing with children,” Linda Hampton, president of the Oklahoma Education Association, told the station.
To give the Devil her due, Hampton is on firm ground in noticing how unwieldy it is to have a single legislature make decisions about good order for all schools for all time in Oklahoma. It is micromanagement on steroids.
But her defense of the autonomy of “degreed professionals” would make parents in a free society (maybe there is one somewhere on the planet but I’ve never heard of it) start boiling the tar and plucking the chickens to get ready. Hampton is telling us all that the Oklahoma countryside, in every urban neighborhood to every rural county, is colonized by an army of behavior-controllers who see themselves as the authority on “dealing with children.” We are an occupied country.
And of course Obama wants to start earlier.