Why Are We Doing This To Kids?

“We don’t have all the facts” isn’t going to cut it anymore.

We mouth the lyrics but we’re not carrying the tune when we say “children are the future” and every child is a gift, etc., etc.

This latest example of an third-grade boy facing police interrogation after talking about brownies with his classmates at the end-of-the-year party is just one more—just one more—time when adults transferred their emotional hangups and sociological crap onto the children in their charge.

It’s not funny anymore. It’s not “rare” anymore. It’s, as Prince sang, a sign o’ the times.

Why are police, from San Antonio to Saugus, Mass. being called to do what teachers could, should and used to do?

Why is anyone berating or “straightening out” children who like brownies, or plastic toy soldiers, or wear t-shirts with guns or cowboys on them. Yes, all real examples.

Most importantly, why are we considering adding more bathroom varieties but applying no common sense in the class room? By the way, you know how you can tell school bureaucrats realize they’re on shaky ground in these cases? When they keep parents in the dark, or conduct their little Warren Commission investigations before cluing in Mom or Dad?

We’re hearing too many of these stories, in every region of our great country, to think they only happen elsewhere.

I’ll tell you what I really think: there are people in education who want to educate. I know them and I love them for what they do. Then, there are a lot of people—probably a lot MORE people—who are creating and justifying bureaucracies for their own sinecure employment.

And these people do the lowest thing you can do in Western Civilization: they use children for their own gratification.

 

 

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