RANT: Schools are prison training centers


November 28, 2012

End the Pretense that Government Schools and Prisons Are Different

Posted by William Grigg on November 28, 2012 03:13 PM

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It’s for your own good, kids: The “Isolation Box” at Longview, Washingon’s Mint Valley Elementary School

Warrantless “drug sweeps” in government-run schools have become routine in recent years. So have “lock-down” drills in which SWAT teams conduct training exercises involving hostage or terrorism scenarios. In some lock-down drills, students inmates have been kept in the dark about the fact that the incident is a training exercise, rather than a genuine crisis.

Vista Grande High School in Casa Grande, Arizona, held a lock-down drug sweep on October 31. Students Inmates were confined to their classrooms, then led in small groups to another room where they were forced to line up against a wall and be searched with the help of drug-sniffing dogs. This exercise introduced a new element: Among the four law enforcement agencies involved in the search was a group of prison guards employed by the Corrections Corporation of America, the nation’s largest for-profit prison contractor.

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We need the home schooling movement to break out.

I suggested a 40 year plan to end gooferment skrules during the tax revolts in Nu Jerzee. First 20 years was to get them out of the operations; the second 20 years was to end the funding.




POLITICAL: Education as a civil right


Rising Black Social Pathology
by Walter E. Williams

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At a bare minimum, part of the solution to school violence and poor academic performance should be the expulsion of students who engage in assaults and disrespectful behavior. You say, “What’s to be done for these students?” Even if we don’t know what to do with them, how compassionate and intelligent is it to permit them to make education impossible for other students?

The fact that black parents, teachers, politicians and civil rights organizations tolerate and make excuses for the despicable and destructive behavior of so many young blacks is a gross betrayal of the memory, struggle, sacrifice, sweat and blood of our ancestors. The sorry and tragic state of black education is not going to be turned around until there’s a change in what’s acceptable and unacceptable behavior by young people. That change has to come from within the black community.

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I’m in no position to comment on this, BUT, (and there is always a BIG butt), I can assert that the meme of Gooferment Skrules is wrong.

In the 80’s, I spent a lot of time and effort to gather data and draw conclusions. At the time, the most generous calculation of per pupil cost demonstrated that the State spending was DOUBLE the most expensive private school in the state. DOUBLE! Just send everyone to the Peddie School in Princeton. So my plan was a FORTY year workout. The first twenty was getting the State out of the biz of running the schools (i.e., 5% per year of students were allowed to spend their “education voucher” anywhere they wanted to). The second twenty was getting the State out of paying for education (i.e., the voucher amount would be reduced 5% every year until it reached zero). Everyone has time to adapt.

The three major class of comments: (1) the poor can’t afford to educate their children; (2) the education complex is too deeply entrenched to allow this to happen; and (3) it takes too long. The poor decides to have children and saddles “the public” with the problem. The education complex is even more entrenched. And, we’re ¾ of the way down that timeframe and further away from any solution.


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