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With the advent of summer, American parents may at least hope for a
respite from public education’s latest evolutionary nightmare: murderous
school children. Just when one supposes that public schools cannot
descend any further into the sinkhole of abusive unions, illegal
campaign funding, voter fraud and good old-fashioned bedfellows with our
vote-buying political elite (who rarely avail themselves of the public
panacea they so vigorously defend), new developments arise that shake
even the most jaded.

The solutions proposed in the face of this tragedy seem themselves
the “dumbed down” product of public education, a debate lowered so as to
not disappoint the unaspiring, its solutions thoughtless enough to be
inclusive even unto the point of meaninglessness. Let’s arm teachers,
let’s disarm parents, let’s get better metal detectors, more police in
the hallways, and don’t let’s forget the taxpayer-funded media-relations
campaign to reassure parents how wonderfully safe their hallowed halls
of public education are, while a generation of young murderers born and
bred to the task stands in the shadows.

Few of us have questioned the public education establishment’s
response to drugs and guns in schools. Maybe we should have. While the
idea of “zero tolerance” for drugs and guns in school sounds good, there
is a vast gulf between a youthful drug pusher working the playground –
and a classmate giving a friend with a headache an aspirin tablet during
recess. Yet in a number of well-publicized cases the establishment’s
response has been the same: suspension or expulsion. Why is the public
education bureaucracy unable to distinguish between illegal and legal
drugs? Or do they mean to equate one with the other — and erase the

By the same token, there is a world of difference between a
thirteen-year-old who brings a gun to school because he is afraid of
meeting the wrong gang on his way home — and a demented juvenile who
walks in with a gun and murders his classmates. Again, the educational
establishment’s values-neutral solution is the same for both: expulsion.

This is not to suggest that thirteen-year-olds should be packing
pistols. Rather, it is to suggest that we as adults need to understand
how we have allowed the evolution of a world in which thirteen-year-olds
feel compelled to risk expulsion for packing guns to school for personal
protection — or for murdering their classmates.

The simple fact is — giving an aspirin to a friend is not the same
as pushing illegal drugs; and carrying a gun for self-protection is not
the same as pre-meditated murder. Yet schools treat both the same. In so
doing, they are erasing the boundaries between good and evil, right and
wrong. How could any level-headed adult arrive at a conclusion that
makes compassion-induced healing equal with drug-pushing death, or
self-defense equal with murder? And how can any level-headed parent or
taxpayer have confidence in teachers and administrators who do?

When we look at public education, we see a single, reoccurring
pattern: lack of accountability. Teachers are not accountable to parents
for their curriculum; they teach what they will. Children are not
accountable to teachers for their progress; their imagined self-esteem
makes correction too “damaging.” Administrators are not accountable to
the taxpayers who pay their salaries and retirements. No one, it would
seem, is accountable to anyone for anything, except perhaps the
taxpayers, whose God-given duty it is to cough up ever increasing sums
for the care and feeding of the sacred educational cow of public
education, with its fat salaries, corrupt unions, unaccountable
bureaucracy and the perpetual political power of a corrupt,
authoritarian elite smart enough to avoid — at all costs — the system
they have designed for the rest of us.

In writing this article, I searched in vain for an example of a
student who has been apprehended by the police, tried in court, and
sentenced to hard time in a corrections facility for violating the
numerous gun-control laws that prohibit juveniles from possessing
firearms, let alone carrying them into a school. I did not find one
case. Violent and murderous school children have learned one lesson
well: accountability does not exist within the public school system.

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