Today Is Not That Day, Part 8: Weird Science

You know, the sort of cowardly stupidity (combined with awesome arrogance) described here is pretty run-of-the-mill in today’s schools.

The part that won’t get mentioned much, if at all, is that the principal was apparently so astounded by the 11-year-old’s science project—so baffled, so dazzled, so stunned—that he thought not only was bomb a reasonable interpretation of a motion detector but also, having cleared up his confusion after much expense and hysteria, that counseling was a reasonable suggestion for the child and his family.
Being a bureaucrat, of course, means that it’s never your shortcomings that cause these problems. It’s not that you’re too stupid to have a basic grasp on not just electronics but human nature and current events (quick, name the number of times an eleven-year-old has blown up his school!), nor even that you should handle such a situation to delicately cover-up your ignorance.
No, take it to the mattresses every single time and insist that anyone who makes you feel uncomfortable with your ignorance is probably psychologically disturbed.

Today Is Not That Day, Part 7: Sex, Lies and Videotape

Yeah. No. I don’t think so. This will not be the day I mourn for the children who are not in schools.

Miz Malkin, the first. You know, I heard so much about how great Catcher In The Rye was in my teens. I remember Rossi from “The Lou Grant Show” talking about how it got him through high school. I also remember being singularly unimpressed by it when I read it. I still don’t know why it’s an assigned book.

Miz Malkin, the second. Yeah! Let’s get our Zinns on, people! You always know you’re in for a treat when reading a book supposedly about facts, where the author openly disdains objectivity. Remember, people, you’re too stupid to take in the facts of history and weigh them appropriately. You need someone like Zinn to tell you what’s important, and leave out all the flashy, superficial stuff like technological progress, philosophies that promote the welfare of all men, and so on.

I sometimes think you could lock a kid in a closet for eight hours and have them be better off than they’d be in school.

Today Is Not That Day, Part 6: Bonus Deluxe Edition

For those of you who haven’t followed this blog for a long time, this post may be your introduction to “Today Is Not That Day”. T.I.N.T.D. is a theory I have that one day I will say to myself, “Gee, I wish I sent my kids to school.”

Maybe it’ll be when Oprah visits the local middle school, or the President issues an executive order for homeschoolers to be round up and shot. Who knows? Until then, there a lot of reasons why Today Is Not That Day.

13% of the girls in this high school are pregnant. I love the reportage, too: “Some would say that movies, TV, videogames, lazy parents and lax discipline may all be to blame.” Apparently, the notion that the place they spend eight hours a day might have something to do with it is so absurd, “some” wouldn’t even say it! I’m not sure, but I think this is the school that is going to open a nursery across the street.

But it’s the dances, and the sweet, romantic gang-rapes that homeschooled kids miss out on the most. (Actually, there are homeschool dances; after dance rapes, not so much.) Sometimes I think kids would be safer in an actual prison.

It’s not all lax discipline, though. There’s always zero tolerance to the rescue! Saving our beleaguered bureaucrats from having to think. It’s so much easier to expel kids, you know: Just to be safe. (And slavish adherence to stupid rules is way more prevalent than rape, and probably more pervasively damaging to an institution that purports to educate.)

Finally, here’s a funny and interesting 20 minute lecture by Sir Ken Robinson about schools and the stifling of creativity. I don’t agree with everything he says, but the basic principle—that schools were meant to encourage one way of thinking and only on limited topics—I think is undeniable. (Thank God for teachers who are smarter than that, but the institution itself is designed to create workers for tomorrow’s industrial economy. If “tomorrow” is ca. 1859.)

So, until the next day that is not that day: Question authority!

Today Is Not That Day, Part 5

Well, actually, yesterday wasn’t that day. Pardon my lag.

The President gave a speech to all the little prisoners yesterday. You know the ones I’m talking about: The ones sentenced to 12 years of school?

I don’t care what he said. Well, I do care what he said, but it’s not the issue. (This is like health care: It wouldn’t matter if it were perfect and free, it’s not an appropriate task for government. The injury added to the insult is that it will mediocre and overpriced.)

I wouldn’t always be against a speech being played in class; Pearl Harbor or 9/11, for example, the President could come out and say something, and that’d be appropriate. But just casually? Like this? Feels like Orwell.

I could make another point, too, about how the government education system creates people who are unable to survive on their own and feeds into the government welfare system, which fosters an inability to survive—and how despite all this neither system can be meaningfully reformed or eliminated—but this would just bring us to healthcare again.

Today Is Not That Day, Part 3

Some day, I say, some day will be the day when I say “I wish I sent my kids to school.”

Today is not that day. That link is to the Big List of female teachers who had sex with their students. They’re probably not all guilty, but there are at least ten times as many who are that are not on the list.

It was very common when I was a teen, particularly in the private school. There were plenty of 20-something teachers and lots of privileged kids and neither really risked much. I heard lots of rumors about the corpulent principal as well, which may have been true. Some of these women have molested children who are 8-years-old, however, which I put in an entirely different category than 18-, 17-, even 16-year-olds. There’s a line between bad judgment and mental derangement. I don’t know where it is between 18 and 8, but it’s there–and way closer to 18.

This link from Kiaran Lunch, where Hector notes that men have been demonized as dangers to children, almost to the point where they simply don’t work with them any longer, and yet the sexual predation continues.

Links You May Have Missed, But Probably Would Like To See, If Only You Knew About Them

These are for me as much as you. I’ll thank me later. Mostly from Twitter.

Via Freeman Hunt : The blog of Milton Friedman’s “Free To Choose” PBS series. Funny that for all the PBS crap I got shown in school, this wasn’t among the viewing options.

Via Andy Levy via Allahpundit: Face transplant story with pictures. Amazing.

More on the voucher situation from the WSJ: “If, however, you are a pol who piously tells inner-city families that public schools are the answer – and you do this while safely ensconcing your own kids in some private haven – the press corps mostly winks.”

Also, today is not the day where I wish I sent my kids to public school.

27% of all marketers suck? Sounds a little low to me.

Funny and short: Why copywriters should be native speakers.

Cringely talks about the future of television on the Internet. It’s interesting.

Hot: Bill Whittle schools John Stewart on the history behind Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The beauty of being a useful idiot is that you never have to research and you never have to say you’re sorry. Because, damn the facts, you’re right, and Harry Truman was a war criminal.

Lastly, Tabitha Hale aka Pink Elephant Pundit has started doing a radio show/podcast/audio blog/whatever the hell the kids these days are calling it. Episode One is here. I was going to listen to it, but there’s, like, the entirety of “Walk This Way” at the front and that used up any time I had, plus confused me.