Federal Bully Pulpit

Saturday, December 3, 2011
Posted in category Public Uneducation

The Michigan legislature is working to pass an anti-bullying law to “protect” vulnerable children in the public school system. Doesn’t this strike people as being bizarre that almost all the individual states have passed these laws? Don’t we already have laws against aggression/violence?

A question: So what is it about government schools that promotes “bullying?” Why don’t private schools and private businesses have anti-bullying laws? Note that the US Department of Uneducation (Office of Safe and Drug-free Schools!) recently held a … Bullying Prevention Summit? An even better question: why does the federal government need to promote an entire program, funded by taxpayers, dedicated to “stopping” bullying (StopBullying.gov)?

Could the answer be that yanking children from their parents and assimilating them into dumbed-down, draconian learning pools based on age and collectivizing their learning experience in a quasi-prison environment hasn’t worked, and will never work for the vast majority of the kiddies?

I had correspondence with one gentleman, on Facebook, about his fiancé, who is begin threatened by the state of New Jersey for removing her children from the state’s uneducation camp to educate them in the privacy and peace of her own home. The legal notice I link to maintains that the state has a legal right to file formal charges and arrest any “habitual truant child.” The threat also pointed out that any person who does not have a child attend school regularly will be “deemed a disorderly person” and therefore subject to fines as determined by the court.

That isn’t violence bullying?

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2 Responses to Federal Bully Pulpit

  1. JAlanKatz says:

    December 3rd, 2011 at 8:06 am

    For what must be the first time, I’ll have to disagree very slightly. First, it’s not true that private schools don’t have bullying going on, nor that they don’t have anti-bullying rules. At my school, we have recently had some issue with bullying, and we have policies in place to deal with it.
    However, those rules are very different from the types of laws the public schools use. We will not place children in jail, nor will we involve police or expulsion. We – surprising as it is – educate our students. We understand that they are children and trying to figure a lot out, and need to experiment a bit. Public schools nowadays will have children arrested at the drop of a hat. We teach them to modify their behavior. That said, I’d add that the root cause of bullying is, in my opinion, an adult world that does little else. We have elevated bullying to an art form as adults. Our political debates can be summed up as “whom shall we bully today?” But yes, some of it goes to compulsory schooling too – but private schools suffer from this also. Our students are still required to go to school, and still rage against it. Also, many of our students have been to public schools, and are angry now because of their suffering there.

  2. Brutus says:

    December 3rd, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    You’ll love this. I found it on Vox Day’s site: voxday.blogspot.com/2011/12/homeschool-or-die.html

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