Every time I drive by the local high school, I am struck with the similarities between it and the local juvenile jail. Actually, I think the school has more barriers and designated mousey corridors. (A friend of mine learned the other day to never, ever, use the “buses only” lane if you’re late dropping off your child. Even if there are no buses around. He was promptly stopped and chided.)
Today, I didn’t see any cops wondering around but there are usually a few.
In the ever elusive quest for safety, I see a couple of consequences:
- Buh-bye personal freedom. You must get permission to do pretty much anything. Seeing bars go up around schools and signs ordering the comrades, I mean, parents, exactly how and where to drop off children.
- It trains kids that the government is responsible for their safety. This cultures a victim mentally in addition to an incredible naivety on what history teaches. (Hello? Pol Pot? Hitler?)
When education became compulsory around 100 years ago, its goals were clear: create an obedient workforce. The industrial era needed warm bodies to work in factories.
So an agenda was made between the industrialist fathers and the nascent normal school movement.
Education, but not too much. Bells to guide the day. Obey your teachers. Later, in the factory, it would be those guiding beacons along with enough money to distract them from the fact that their personal freedom and autonomy have been thrown under the bus.
In case you haven’t noticed, the industrial age is over. Kaput. Broken and outsourced.
But yet the industrial education model continues to step things up, or rather, lock things down.
Parents, wake up! We are complicit in creating a police state.
Yeah, it’s horrible that violence occasionally affects school campuses (like it can affect anywhere there is human activity).
But the course of action we are taking has much darker outcomes, I fear.