Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Government schooling trains for subservience


September 4th, 2007

People don’t seem to realize this very often: allowing the government to control education is inconsistent with living in an individualistic and free society.

Case in point: A Judge rules that school administrators can take punitive actions against students for things they write outside of school.

U.S. District Court Judge Mark Kravitz denied Avery Doninger’s request for a temporary injunction to overturn her high school election results Friday, but the Burlington teenager isn’t giving up her fight.

Doninger alleges Lewis S. Mills High School Principal Karissa Niehoff and Region 10 Superintendent Paula Schwartz violated her First Amendment right to free speech when they banned her from running for Class of 2008 secretary after she posted an offensive reference to school officials on a blog site from her home computer.

If public schools are a function of the government, what does punishing students for things they say against it, on personal blogs, teach about free speech?

Is it any wonder that each American generation seems more willing to give up responsibilities to the government? Why not? They are trained to sit down, shut up, and do as their told. And if they speak out against the agents overseeing their daily training, there will be consequences.

1 comment:

Judy Aron said...

If you ever get the opportunity, you should read John Taylor Gatto's book "The Underground History of American Education" (actually it is posted in its entirety online on his website).