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Opening Arguments

School play

Schools have been stuffing our kids with "self-esteem" for years, telling them that collaboration is better than individual effort, that "we're all in this together" is more important than "look at what I did." I suppose some are now going to criticize some students who actually acted on the advice:

 A group of third-graders plotted to attack their teacher, bringing a broken steak knife, handcuffs, duct tape and other items for the job and assigning children tasks including covering the windows and cleaning up afterward, police said Tuesday.

The plot involving as many as nine boys and girls at Center Elementary School in south Georgia was a serious threat, Waycross Police Chief Tony Tanner said.

[. . .]

The children, ages 8 to 10, were apparently mad at the teacher because she had scolded one of them for standing on a chair, Tanner said.

Hey, they were standing up for a friend! They should at least get good marks for playing well with others.

Posted in: Current Affairs


Bob G.
Wed, 04/02/2008 - 10:48am

OK, lemme do the math on that...

1)Kid standing on chair =safety issue.
2)Teacher chides student=proper discipline.
3)Kids plot to kill teacher= violent intent.

Yeah, it adds up...there still might be an argument FOR abortion in at least NINE households in this case.

Those 30+ years of stroking students' self esteem has worked wonders, hasn't it?

Back to basics...anyone?


Harl Delos
Wed, 04/02/2008 - 11:31am

When there are third-graders that have had 30+ years of stroking students' self-esteem, there is a serious problem with the school. They should have reached fifth grade by then.

When I was in the third grade, I remember a kid putting a thumb-tack on the teacher's chair, because he was mad about getting a spanking.

Now that schools are teaching (by example) that zero tolerance is a great idea, should we be surprised that kids are learning that particular lesson?

Wed, 04/02/2008 - 12:22pm

So did one kid rat out the others because they insisted his code name be "Mr. Pink?"