It just appears that things are different now than when we went to
school. Pocket knives were OK then.
Now I read about some schools where metal detectors are being
installed at all school entrances, armed guards man the hallways--and
sometimes in the classrooms.
Know how to listen, and you will
profit even from those who talk badly.
Sorry, I generalized too fast. Location, location, location... We had
3 sides of town and 3 high schools. I went to the one in the middle, it
was on the west end. Attending the school on the east end would have
been scary 30 years ago. As I recall, the kids at the 3rd h.s. had a
reputation for spending a lot of money on drugs (KO).
On Mon, 04 Oct 2010 19:21:39 -0700, Larry Jaques wrote:
Most of the guys in my high school had switchblades :-). Not to mention
the occasional zip gun. And I remember one football player who carried
Surprisingly, the only kid I remember ever getting hurt by all this
weaponry was one knucklehead who put smokeless powder in his black powder
muzzleloading pistol. Blew his thumb off. He didn't get a lot of
Intelligence is an experiment that failed - G. B. Shaw
The horrible examples -- like the girl who walked back into my wife's
classroom after having been called to the office and announced to the
room as she pointed at Jane, "That bitch wrote me up" -- are the easy
proof that bad get more notice than good. But she should have checked
behind her. The Vice Principal was there, and the girl's no longer
going to be attending school.
And no, that apple did not fall far from the tree.
What state is this? The only way to remove a kid from school around
here is to get them sent to jail. Technically they can be expelled,
however they are still owed an education, so the district has to provide
tutors for them, which costs a lot more than letting them back into
That would be metro Indianapolis (MSD Lawrence Twp).
Today's adventure was the e-mail the girl sent to Jane -- "Just
continue to be a bitch..." And that got her bounced from the next
school where she lasted one day. Sad thing is, the student had been
doing well in the subject.
I will concur with your first graf, disagree with both arguments in
your second, and remind you with the third that all generalizations are
There are some charter schools of which I'm aware that make public
schools look like the hallmarks of academe. And there are plenty of
"adult educational programs" that are run largely to sell largely
useless high-dollar "courses of instruction" that leave students
unemployed, uneducated, and with huge student loans at the end of the
program. These differ only in the cost from the diploma mills that used
to advertise (in small ads in the back pages of magazines) a "Doctorate
degree" for a couple-hundred bucks...
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