Monday, July 06, 2009

Tyranny for the Children's Sake

In order to protect the children, a British school barred their own parents were from attending a sports day because it was too great a risk on their own children. No kidding!

Paul Blunt of the East Bedfordshire School Sports Partnership, which ran the event, said the 'ultimate fear' was that a child could be abducted.

He said: 'If we let parents into the school they would have been free to roam the grounds. All unsupervised adults must be kept away from children...The ultimate fear is that a child is hurt or abducted, and we must take all measures possible to prevent that."

In the good ol' days, parents were responsible for supervising their own children and protecting them from unsavory characters who might hurt them.

These children are already being harmed by a school which plants the fear in their mind that parents may hurt them and the school is the guardian and protector of their best interest. I wrote previously about how British homeschooler parents are being profiled as potential abusers, but never expected the same would happen to their counterparts in the public schools. Why would the school tolerate the children leaving at the end of the day doesn't that present a risk too?

C.S. Lewis said,

"Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victim may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated, but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience."

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Friday, July 03, 2009

Sarah Palin Resigns

As a political junkie and someone who muses about running for office in the very distant future (after homeschool and law school) I enjoy following the careers of various women politicians to see what works and what doesn't. For me, Sarah Palin's resignation definitely didn't work.

I'll leave it to the pundits to critique why she said it and to speculate about what it all means for her future, but to me Palin seemed uptight and a bit off her game in this surprise announcement. The speech didn't appear to be one she wanted to make but one she had to make. She didn't seem to own her words.

Palin, the usually confident "pit-bull with lipstick," appeared to be persuading herself that this was the right thing to do while telling us that it was the right thing to do. By the time she reached her conclusion, she seemed a bit confused and not in control. That's not the lingering image any politician hopes to leave if a Presidential run is being planned. And why announce this on a Friday of a holiday weekend? That's usually the day to share bad news that will hopefully be forgotten by Monday.

I sincerely hope nothing is wrong with her, her marriage, or her family, but for someone who just did battle with David Letterman and won she seemed to have lost her will to fight.

Now that Palin is gone (even if temporarily) from the national stage who will liberals select next as the target for their collective wrath? I also wonder if Doug Phillips and the Patriarchs will say "see I told you so" and use Palin's resignation to promote their belief that women do not belong in politics. They certainly weren't pleased when she was on the Republican ticket. Neither was Mike Huckabee and I have to think he may not be too disappointed with Palin's announcement.

You can follow Palin's statements via her twitter.
The Anchoress has lots of good links about Palin's resignation here.

Thursday, July 02, 2009

School's out for the summer

Sorry for the light blogging. We're trying to enjoy what little summer we get here in Michigan and to soak it all in. The cloudy days of winter arrive all too quickly for us.

But not all parents appear as excited that schools out. Due to major funding cutbacks summer school has been closed for many kids, leaving parents to figure out what to do with them all day.
“We’re working with her at home, but its not the same,” said her father, Jose Marlasca. “She ends up watching TV. The best scenario would be to have her at school.”
So turn off the TV and tell her to go outside and play. It's not that hard really. Once she gets over the initial shock that there is more life outside the school yard than in it, she may never want to go back to school again. Perhaps that's why some parents and educators think the best scenario is to have them in school all year long.

In April, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said, ""Go ahead and boo me. I think schools should be open six, seven days a week, eleven, twelve months a year."

Better yet Mr. Duncan, why don't you just keep kids in school 24/7 and parents can simply check them out occasionally like a library book?

And while we're on the topic of summer and school, the summer issue of The Old Schoolhouse Magazine is out and bursting with lots of great information and articles. There is also a special feature devoted to help those that are battling discouragement, my article is included. This issue came at just the right time for me and maybe for you too.

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