Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Extreme Measure of Enforcement

What's bad about the Nanny State and it's over regulation? Most of the time, the regulation will be enforced to the extreme. Take flipping a coin. Yes, flipping a coin in school is now a crime you can be arrested for. At least in Greenville Middle Academy. Just what I'd want my daughters school to be known for.

What I'd like to know is how do they decide who receives the kick off at football games? I can see the headlines now, Ms. Wilson's first grade class was arrested today in what authorities say was a sting to crack down on Paper, Rock, and Scissors. Capt Jack Butt, said this would send a signal out that we're serious about children gambling. These games might seem harmless, but it's only a stepping-stone to more potent gambling.

Now granted the students were warned and told to stop before. But to call the police? Is the authority of the school that undermined that detention and suspension are ineffective? If a school can't even control "coin flipping" within house, what value is the school?

I'm not saying it is solely the schools fault/problem. I've know several caring public school teachers, some have quit because parents of several "problem" children refuse to accept that their child could do anything wrong. This gives the child a free pass, undermines the teachers authority, and worse (in my eyes) that parent has just called the teacher a liar.

Maybe these kids have parents like that, I don't know, but it would be the only way to explain such a heavy-handed response.

Thanks to bureaucrash and Libertarian Youth for showing us just another example of the efficacy our tax dollars buy.

1 comment:

Ray said...

The police state enters the government schools.
What's next? Quick! Call in the SWAT team, flying projectiles have been reported in the cafeteria.
I wonder what the fine and jail time is for playing penny hockey?