Thursday, March 13, 2008

we don't need no education

by Capt. Fogg

We dont need no education.
We dont need no thought control.
No dark sarcasm in the classroom.
Teachers, leave those kids alone.

-Pink Floyd-

It's not always necessary to apply Reductio ad absurdum to a situation. Sometimes things start out at the level of absurdity. You may have read that Michael Sheridan, an eighth-grade honors student in New Haven Connecticut was suspended from school, barred from attending an honors dinner and summarily removed as class vice president. Dope? Weapons? peeking into the girls' locker room? No, he was hungry and bought some skittles from a classmate.

That's right, the school has a no-tolerance "wellness" policy; wellness being a euphemism for health which seems, well, so unhealthy and "no-tolerance" means for the most part, brainless. Who wants to introduce cogitation into the school system? that's just too liberal for America. The comfortable binary form of artificial intelligence that passes for thought in conservative utopias has brought us many examples of kids hiving their educational prospects damaged because of aspirin or a nail clipper or items even more trivial. Of course some like to call this sort of thing "politically correct" in their politically correct fashion, or even "liberal" in their self contradictory manner, but I just call it bone headed conservatism. A restriction of rights is not liberal and a judgment as to whether something is allowed under one's political views is ipso facto, politically correct. That's why I avoid falling into the tar pit of those terms whenever I can.

Of course the news got out on CNN last night and the sheepish sheep in New Haven had to give the kid a reprieve, the excuse being ignorance of the commandment "thou shalt eat only what, when and where we tell you to." Lets not talk about no tolerance for ignorance please - my head hurts already.

Michael's "permanent record" will not reflect his sucrose abuse or his illicit candy deals and he will be free to go and not transgress the rules of "wellness" any further. As long as he keeps his boots shiny, pledges to worship god and the flag and avoid high fructose corn syrup, the ridiculous right wing school board of New Haven, Connecticut will allow him some portion of his civil rights and the people who truly love the idea of a country where we all obey the president and think no thoughts against the party and trust in a particular deity will be relieved and will continue to giggle about "liberals."

Cross posted from Human Voices

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

It never ceases to amaze me how dumb people must be to elect these even dumber people to run the school boards. Don't any of them have any common sense anymore?

That was a rhetorical question. No need to respond with the obvious.

9:40:00 AM  
Blogger QueersOnTheRise said...

"[T]he people who truly love the idea of a country where we all obey the president and think no thoughts against the party and trust in a particular deity will be relieved and will continue to giggle about 'liberals.'"

Fogg - I have to say, when Bush has a 33% approval rating (some dumb-asses have to like him), I'm not really concerned about this. That said, the whole thing in CT, I agree, is just simply beyond stupid.

9:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Remember when you got caught smoking in the bathroom and school officials would -- horror of horrors! -- CALL YOUR PARENTS!!! For me, that was a fate worse than death; I would have rather gone to jail! These days it seems parents are as irresponsible as their children, but they aren't completely to blame. We now live in a society that feels the need to station police in our schools, make many punishments used by parents for generations illegal and develop such a long and complicated list of infractions as to guarantee that most students will certainly commit a "criminal" act before their school career is complete.
Here's the problem; those of us who are disgusted and outraged by these ridiculous incidents have no interest in holding political office. So, the pinheads take up positions on the board of commissioners or the school board and this is the crap we get. If we are going to abolish the madness, we are going to have to step up to the plate for the sake of the next generation before it's too late.

11:14:00 AM  
Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

33% is still scary. In our society, minority opinions and the opinions of self appointed experts have been running the show in many areas for far too long. It's a country where a war that 70 to 75% oppose can go on for a generation, after all.

Is it too much of a stretch to imagine a country where they can punish us for eating less than nutritious food or eating too much or too little or for not exercising and all in the name of "wellness."

They can already throw you in jail and confiscate your house and car for having something that might impair your driving or that might be bad for children even if you weren't driving and don't have children.

Where in the constitution does it suggest that we are a nation of children to be supervised in all ways and that the government should criminalize private behavior and act in all ways in loco parentis?

11:49:00 AM  
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Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

Bad link

7:06:00 PM  

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